Laundry firm fined for fire hydrant water abstraction
Tamar Laundry has been fined £750 by Bodmin Magistrates Court for illegally abstracting water from a fire hydrant. In a case brought by South West Water, the magistrates also ordered Tamar Laundry to pay £5,000 in compensation for the water abstracted, as well as costs of £7,000.
The laundry company contravened the Water Industry Act, 1991, section 174 after using an unauthorised standpipe to access the water supply via a hydrant in Trevol Business Park, Torpoint, Cornwall on October 1, 2013. Between October 28, 2013 and November 6, 2013, the company intentionally and recklessly interfered with a meter to prevent it from accurately showing the volume of water supplied to its premises, contrary to Section 175.
South West Water was alerted to the suspected illegal abstraction of water as part of its continuous monitoring of the water consumption rates from its network.
A spokesperson for South West Water, Paul Mitchell, contracts, compliance and business development manager at South West Water 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 could damage our infrastructure. It can also interfere with our operations 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."
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