SOUTH West Water has been handed a substantial fine for discharging untreated sewage at a South Hams
SOUTH West Water has been handed a substantial fine for discharging untreated sewage at a South Hams beauty spot.
Between September 2011 and December 2012, the company was found to have been depositing sewage illegally in or on land at Outer Hope, while on August 1, 2012 it contravened a condition of its environmental permit by discharging untreated sewage from Outer Hope pumping station.
SWW was fined £29,000 for the two offences, as well as being ordered to pay nearly £7,000 in costs and a £150 victim surcharge.
A spokesman said: ‘SWW accepts responsibility for the problems at Outer Hope Cove caused by heavy rainfall overwhelming the sewerage network and a fault with telemetry at a nearby sewage pumping station.
‘We have invested £221,000 to upgrade the control system and install new pumps at the pumping station. The improvements include the installation of extra pumps to relieve pressure on the sewerage network when large volumes of rainwater enter the sewer.’
SWW also admitted to more recent issues in the Hope Cove area. The spokesman said: ‘We have since found problems with overflows coming from two manholes in this area. The issues were reported to the Environment Agency and South Hams Council on January 20, 2014 and we are currently working to complete repairs as soon as possible.
‘Our contractors’ efforts have been hampered by storm conditions affecting the region, which prevented access to the site.