Yorkshire Water fined £1.6m for sewage pollution

SHP Safety & Health Practitioner 25 July 2022

Yorkshire Water has been fined £1,600,750 for polluting a Bradford watercourse in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency. It was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and £22,112.79 in costs. The company appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court for sentence on Monday, 18 July, where it pleaded guilty to unauthorised sewage discharges into Bradford Beck, and breaches of its environmental permit. The court heard its George Street detention tank in Bradford was full for up to eight months during 2018, leading to 25 unauthorised sewage spills into Bradford Beck.

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Holding water companies to account for sewage dumping

Good Law Project

Today, a vitally important case is being heard in the Court of Appeal, which could determine whether or not water companies can be held to account for dumping raw sewage into our waters. Profit-hungry water companies dump tonnes of raw sewage into our waterways every year. Human waste was released into rivers and seas for an unbelievable 3.1 million hours in 2020 through storm overflow pipes, which are only supposed to be used to relieve pressure on the sewage system during extreme weather.

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