South West Water Under Fire For Serious Pollution Incident
Supplier South West Water has offered to make an Enforcement Undertaking payment of £350,000 after causing a serious pollution incident in a Devon river that saw a local fish population wiped out.
In 2016, the Environment Agency was called out to reports of dead fish in the Tamerton stream in Plymouth, with the pollution traced back to an overflowing manhole on the supplier’s combined sewer network.
More than 100 brown trout were killed as a result, found downstream near Tamerton Foliot which is close to where the stream enters the Tavy estuary.
This estuary is a sensitive watercourse, with designations that include a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area.
The money has now been accepted by the Environment Agency as an alternative to prosecution, with the Westcountry Rivers Trust using it to restore fish numbers, while paying for a community engagement programme to raise awareness of the problem of pollution on Plymouth’s urban streams.
“The Tamerton Stream has suffered several pollution incidents over the past five years. It is good to see a positive outcome from what was serious pollution of a local stream. South West Water has since cleansed the main sewer line that runs through the woods and this should help reduce the likelihood of any further pollution,” the agency’s Mike Ingman commented.
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