Environment Agency: Water pollution penalties must be tougher

The Environment Agency has called for tougher penalties to be introduced for those guilty of water pollution. Although the number of serious incidents has fallen by almost two-thirds since 2001, more than 300 damaging leaks still occurred across the UK in 2016. The organisation says agriculture is the sector most responsible for water pollution and […]

Heathrow coach firm pays £33k after river pollution

A Heathrow coach firm has been ordered to pay a total of £33,000 after polluting a river with sewage waste. Symphony Chauffeurs Ltd has been hit with £21,000 fines and £12,000 in costs after it emptied toilets on its luxury vehicles into public drains, which subsequently ended up in west London’s Crane River. This broke environmental […]

Anglian Water donates £100k after sewage leak

Anglian Water has agreed to donate £100,000 to an environmental charity after it polluted Houghton Brook in Cambridgeshire with sewage. According to the Environment Agency, around 150 fish died when sewage from Ilex Road Pumping Station in St Ives was pumped into the water system for 10 hours via the emergency overflow. The incident in […]

Ofwat to make your #2s a #1 for clean energy

Ofwat has set out new guidelines as part of its plans to open a new market for using treated sewage to generate energy. The regulator says the rules will help water companies share common, consistent information about waste so prospective buyers can make informed decisions on the value of the product. This information will include […]

Yorkshire Water fined £600k for sewage sludge discharge

Yorkshire Water has been hit with a £600,000 fine for polluting a watercourse at Staithes with sewage. It admitted to one charge for the water discharge activity into Dales Beck at Dalehouse, without an environmental permit. The pollution originated from the water firm’s Hinderwell Wastewater Treatment Works in July 2015, with a leak from a […]

Glasweigan sewer pipes: unlikely energy saviour?

The heat hidden in sewer waste water could be used to warm Glasgow through the winter. That’s according to a Scottish Renewables report released today, which suggests the “enormous scale” of energy in the water could heat the city for more than four months each year. Around 921 million litres of sewage are flushed down […]

South West Water fined £86k for Devon sewage spill

South West Water has been ordered to pay £86,000 in fines and costs for a sewage spill in Devon. According to the Environment Agency, sewage was discharged into Dawlish Water, a stream that runs through the centre of town, over a bank holiday weekend in August 2015. It states an alarm was triggered at 8.15am […]

EU bank grants €50m for Sri Lankan water network

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €50 million (£43m) to support the improvement and expansion of the water network in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. The existing water supply and sewage network in the city was built a hundred years ago and is not adequate for the city’s needs. Once completed, clean water will […]

City sewage to power Toyota’s electric car

Toyota is converting human waste into hydrogen to fuel a new prototype car. At the Fukuoka Water Processing Plant, micro organisms are added to sewage to break down the waste and create biogas. It consists of 60% Methane and 40% Carbon Dioxide. The CO2 is filtered out and water vapour is added to create hydrogen […]

Severn Trent Water fined £465,000 for sewage leaks

Severn Trent Water has been hit with charges totalling nearly £465,000 for polluting a stream with sewage. The water company pleaded guilty to charges of polluting the Shire Brook with raw sewage on three separate occasions within 12 months, on 9 May 2013, 17 December 2013 and 29 April 2014. It was fined £426,000 by […]