Waste water & sewage

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  • Sewerage pipe

    Severn Trent acts against water, sewer abusers

    Severn Trent Water has prosecuted two companies for abusing the water and sewer infrastructure, bringing the number of firms it has successfully taken legal action against so far this year to five

  • The polluted river Goyt

    United Utilities pays £155k civil sanction

    The water firm has made its first civil sanction payment, following incidents in Tameside and Derbyshire involving sewage discharge into local watercourses

  • The fatberg caused by the discharge from Saffron Cottage

    Fatberg costs restaurant £9,000

    An Indian restaurant has been prosecuted after it failed to install grease traps, causing the formation of a ‘huge’ sewer blockage

  • Stoke Bardolph sewage treatment works. Photograph: Severn Trent Water

    Chemical waste in sewers leads to prosecutions

    A water company has successfully prosecuted two firms which dumped chemicals in the sewer network after detecting increased pollutant levels at treatment plant

  • Microbeads in toothpaste. Photograph: Thegreenj/GFDL1.2 Analysis

    How microbeads ban targets plastics problem

    The government’s ban on rinse-off microbeads which came into force 9 January has been praised by various groups, but experts call for further action on other sources of the pollutant

  • Michael Gove. Photograph: DEFRA

    Brexit puts ‘significant strain’ on DEFRA

    Brexit and repeated resource cuts have left DEFRA struggling to fulfil its duties, forcing it to review and de-prioritise aspects of its workload, according to the National Audit Office

  • Leaks from water company pipes increased last year. Photograph: GiorgioRossi73/123RF

    Ofwat removes reward cap for water companies

    Ofwat has removed the cap on how much a water company can be awarded for meeting tougher targets on water pollution and leakage, and leakage is on the rise

  • Water is being taken from some rivers and aquifers unsustainably. Photograph: Jon Ingall/123RF

    DEFRA sets out abstraction reform plans

    The EA will crack down on abstraction licences, develop catchment strategies, integrate licensing into permitting regulations, review charges and digitise the whole licensing system

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