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Devon-based business fined for unauthorised standpipe use

A street cleaning business has been prosecuted for putting public water supply at risk through unauthorised standpipe use.

Cullompton-based Devon and Somerset Sweepers Ltd was ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,638 at Exeter Magistrates’ Court for the illegal abstraction of water from South West Water’s network on 9 August 2018 at Liverton Business Park 2 in Exmouth.

Mark Hillson, South West Water’s director of networks and customer service, said: “Connecting unauthorised standpipes to our network is an issue we take very seriously.

“It creates a potential risk to water quality, which could result in public health issues and damage our infrastructure. It can also interfere with our customers’ supplies or fire service activities.

“We monitor the use of our network closely and will take action against anyone who is detected making unauthorised use of a standpipe.”

Only authorised standpipes can be connected to South West Water's infrastructure at approved locations. Unauthorised use could result in a fine of up to £3,000 for each incident.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Policy & Regulation
Tags: South West Water , magistrates , fines , water theft

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