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Severn Trent Fined Over £100,000 for Low Quality of Drinking Water

17 Sept 2012

UK water company, Severn Trent has been fined over £100,000 after pleading guilty on several different counts of supplying water, which was either unfit for human consumption or had not been disinfected correctly.

The charges were bought against Severn Trent by the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water under the Water Industry Act 1991 and the Water Supply Regulations 2000. These were in relation to three events which affected the Chesterfield area, Sandiacre in Nottingham and the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire area between December 2010 and September 2011.

Professor Jeni Colbourne, Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, said: “These charges were brought in relation to three events, two of which highlighted deficiencies in the design and operations of two treatment works and the third was due to work on the network that resulted in the delivery of water with an unacceptable appearance and odour to consumers. These charges reflect a very poor period of operational performance which the company has now recognised and is taking steps to prevent a recurrence.

After various fines, prosecution costs and a victim surcharges, Severn Trent was ordered to pay a total of £113,990.

Whilst passing the sentence, magistrates said they wanted to acknowledge that Severn Trent took their responsibility to provide water seriously.

A Severn Trent spokesman made the following comment: “Severn Trent Water pleaded guilty to charges relating to three water quality events in 2010 and 2011. In all three cases there was no risk to public health. A full investigation has already taken place and actions have been taken to prevent such incidents happening in the future.”