Severn Trent pays charity £226,000 after pollution incident
Severn Trent has paid £226,000 to the Trent Rivers Trust following a sewage pollution three years ago, which caused the death of more than 2,000 fish.
The money is part of an Enforcement Undertaking (EU) offered by the utility firm to the Environment Agency for causing the incident, which occurred on the Rothley Brook, Leicestershire in August 2016.
The pollution was caused by two blockages in the Severn Trent foul sewer, which led to a discharge of sewage into the Thurcaston Brook, a tributary of the Rothley Brook.
The money will be used by the charity for water quality and restoration projects relating to the Thurcaston/Rothley Brook catchments, as well as other catchment improvements in the area.
Severn Trent also paid the Environment Agency’s incident response and enforcement costs in full and has agreed to take positive action at this site to improve their current infrastructure, inspection regime and raise staff and contractor awareness of pollution prevention and control.
“Enforcement Undertakings allow polluters to positively address and restore the harm caused to the environment and prevent repeat incidents,” said Environment Agency officer, Lee Whitehouse.
“The Environment Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However, we will prosecute in appropriate cases."
Trent Rivers Trust’s senior catchment manager (east), Kim Jennings, added: “The funds received from this Enforcement Undertaking have provided valuable financial support to enable many of our partners to deliver work in the catchment that would otherwise have not been possible.
“Several charities and local authorities are delivering projects to enhance the water quality and biodiversity of particular areas within the catchment. In addition, we are able to work with others such as a university and local community groups to increase general understanding and awareness of the impact of water pollution.
“Our planned work will increase the number and range of habitats and its overall value for wildlife. It will not only address the impact of the pollution event, but help restore both brooks to a healthy state for future generations to enjoy,” added Jennings.
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