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SWW issues warning after companies prosecuted over standpipe use

South West Water has urged businesses not to steal water from its public supply network following the successful prosecutions of two companies for unauthorised standpipe use.

South West Water has set up a special standpipe hire service with AquamSouth West Water has set up a special standpipe hire service with Aquam

At a hearing at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on 25 July, building services company Aston Environmental Limited was ordered to pay fines and costs of £1,796.40 for the illegal abstraction of water from South West Water’s network in Cranbrook, Exeter, on 27 February 2019.

On 18 June, Liskeard building and civil engineering company Steve Hoskin Construction Ltd was ordered by Plymouth Magistrates’ Court to pay fines and costs of £1,560 for the illegal abstraction of water from South West Water’s network in Tavistock on 15 January 2019.

This is the second time Steve Hoskin Construction Ltd has been prosecuted for such offences.  

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.

To help all customers, including charities and community organisations holding outdoor events, South West Water has set up a special standpipe hire service with Aquam Water Services Ltd.

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

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