WATER COMPANY FINED
Thames Water is set to be hit with its ‘biggest ever fine’ after it admitted pumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into the River Thames. The company admitted at Aylesbury Crown Court pollution offences going back to 2013 at four sewage works in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The effluent spills resulted in hundreds of dead fish, reduced dragonfly numbers, overflowing manholes, pollution of nature reserves, and environmental damage in Henley and Marlow. This isn’t the first time Thames Water has been found guilty of polluting inland waterways with sewage: in 2016 the company was fined £1m after it allowed untreated effluent to enter the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The judge warned that this time the fine will be higher.