Raw Sewage and foam around sailing boats on the Thames. pic credit: Environment Agency
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The record £20m fine for Thames Water’s multiple pollution of the River Thames and its tributaries with over 1.4 billion tonnes of untreated sewage shows how badly the company was managed.
It makes the incident where the company polluted the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal seem small fry compared to the damage the company caused to humans, livestock. wildife and fish across Hertfordshire,Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Thames Water admitted 13 breaches of environmental laws over discharges from sewage treatment works in Aylesbury, Didcot, Henley and Little Marlow, and a pumping station at Littlemore.
It also pleaded guilty to a further charge on March 17 over a lesser discharge from an unmanned sewage treatment plant at Arborfield in Berkshire in September 2013.
The court at Aylesbury also took into account seven…
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