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Developer ordered to pay £13,500 after pollution enters water course

Drainage companies know the importance of making sure that drainage systems are properly maintained and in a good working condition. If problems occur, the consequences can be disastrous for the homeowner and can also be damaging to the environment.

In one case recently, a housing developer was fined over £13,000 for failure to make sure that a new sewage system was in a good working condition. The Environment Agency found that the company had allowed pollution to enter a stream that feeds the River Tamar after a holding tank had overflowed.

The new properties the developer had built used a holding tank to hold raw sewage before it was pumped to a gravity sewer before being treated at the local sewage works. However, the pumping station failed, allowing sewage to find its way into a steam and onto nearby land causing environmental damage.

The incident happened between the end of August and the middle of September last year, but had recently come to court. The developer was fined £10,000 and had to pay costs of just under £3,500.