Severn Trent have been hit with a fine following outrage earlier this year (Picture: Shutterstock)
A water company has been fined £1.5 million for illegally discharging sewage into British waterways.
The fine for Severn Trent follows outrage earlier this year at water companies putting untreated sewage into rivers and the sea.
The Environment Agency said on Wednesday that the fine had been issued after the country launched a major investigation into sewage treatment in November.
The agency and water regulator Ofwat launched an investigation into sewage treatment last month after water companies admitted they could be releasing unpermitted sewage discharges into waterways.
Severn Trent, one of the largest listed water firms in Britain, was fined for discharges from four sewage treatment works in Worcestershire between February and August 2018, the Environment Agency said.
‘The court heard how the company failed to respond to alarms warning of a blockage, failed to adequately manage sewage sludge, and failed to adequately manage a situation when a piece of equipment failed’, it said in a statement.
The company, which brought forward its time target of implementing actions to improve river quality by 16 years following the investigation, said it accepted the court’s findings.
The Environment Agency said it was looking into more than 2,000 sewage treatment works (Picture: PA)
It said: ‘These were historic issues that occurred in 2018 and we self-reported them to the Environment Agency at the time.’
When it was launched, the investigation pledged to look into more than 2,000 sewage treatment works across the country.
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