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River Thames: Sewage

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water for illegal discharges of untreated sewage into the River Thames or its tributaries in the last five years for which figures are available; and in what instances a penalty was imposed as a result of any such prosecution.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for International Development, The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The table below shows the prosecutions of Thames Water Utilities Limited by the Environment Agency during the five calendar year period (from 2015 to 2019) for illegal discharges of sewage to the River Thames and its direct and indirect tributaries.

Each row of the chart represents one prosecution. The watercourse related to the prosecution is shown in the centre column, and the type of penalty which resulted from the prosecution is shown in the right-hand column.

Table title: Prosecution of Thames Water Utilities Limited by the Environment Agency, 2015 to 2019, for sewage discharges to direct and indirect tributaries to the River Thames

Date of Prosecution

[appeal hearing dates in brackets]

Name of Water Course

Outcome

16/02/2015

River Blackwater

Fined

29/08/2014 [03/06/2015]

River Enborne, Chase Brook and nearby watercourses

Fined

04/01/2016

Grand Union Canal

Fined

07/03/2016

Horsenden Stream

Fined

22/03/2017

Fawley Court Stream

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

Moor Ditch

Fined

22/03/2017

River Thames

Fined

22/03/2017

Barkham Brook

Fined

10/07/2019

Maidenhead Ditch and River Cut

Fined

21/12/2018 [26/07/2019]

Idbury Brook

Fined

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