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Silt-laden water discharge costs Interserve Construction £54K

Interserve Construction has been fined £54,000 with £5,955 costs after admitting discharging silt- laden water into a tributary.

The company admitted a single incident of discharging silt-laden water into a tributary of the River Rother in Burwash, East Sussex, on October 1, 2014.

Interserve Construction was contracted to South East Water over an 18-month period at the Crowhurst Bridge Water Treatment Works to improve water utility’s ability to manage water treatment. The Environment Agency (EA) discovered a brown discharge downstream of the works after a member of the public reported the discoloured water to them.

Further investigations showed that the river was visibly but locally impacted on a temporary basis.

In mitigation, it was stated that this was an isolated incident of 25 minutes duration, during an 18-month contract and that the company was of previous good character. There was no evidence that local wildlife was adversely affected.

David Willis, EA environment manager, said: “We take these incidents very seriously and do everything within our powers to safeguard the environment and people that may be affected.”

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