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Water company fined after sewage leak
Monday 11th September 2017 @ 15:56 by Lee Wild
Ashton News Tameside

United Utilities have been fined £666,000 after pleading guilty to polluting the River Medlock with 21,700 cubic meters of raw sewage.

The incident happened in October 2014, when a fault in a swage tank caused effluent to enter Glodwick Brook and the River Medlock, which led to despots being make over 2.5 miles on the rivers bed at Park Bridge. The leak impacted fish stocks and water quality.

A spokesperson for United Utilities said they “failed in our responsibility” but that the company has now introduced new alarm procedures.

It took the company three days to respond to the problem after the alarm was raised by a member of the public.

They discovered that a problem with a control valve meant that the tank was not emptying into the sewer as quickly as needed.

In an earlier hearing at Tameside Magistrates Court United Utilities pleaded guilty to breaching the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

United Utilities wastewater network director Keith Haslett said: “We are making major environmental improvements, but we failed in our responsibility on this occasion.

“We have upgraded alert systems, introduced new alarm procedures and enhanced the control valve.

“This fine will be paid by shareholders and not customers.”


Header picture courtesy of Mikey