Thames Water has been fined more than £27,000 for causing the pollution of a river in Surrey
The incident saw a pipe burst in a field behind Walton Lane sewage pumping station in Weybridge and flooded the field with sewage, which then entered the Engine River.
The company admitted the offence at Staines Magistrates Court on Friday May, 24.
The company was fined £18,000, ordered to pay costs of £9,764.15 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Thames Water was advised by the Environment Agency to contain the spilt sewage with sandbags and removal of sludge from the top of the river.
However, the court heard how Thames Water did not make enough effort to contain the pollution and affecting over 1.2 kilometres of the river.
– Marie De Viell, Environment Agency Solicitor
Rivers and water courses are an important part of the environment; they offer an essential resource for wildlife, fisheries and recreation. It is distressing when incidents such as this one occur and cause fairly significant environmental damage, with several hundred fish killed by this sewage spill.
The prosecution and fining of Thames Water sends a clear message to other companies that if you fail in your environmental responsibilities you may be prosecuted.