DEBT-RIDDEN Thames Water has been hit with a multi-million pound fine for polluting rivers.
The company was today charged £3.3 million after millions of litres of undiluted sewage was allowed to flow into two rivers in October 2017.
Thames Water has been fined £3.3 million after millions of litres of undiluted sewage was allowed to flow into two rivers
The spillage killed more than 1,400 fish.
A two-day sentencing hearing at Lewes Crown Court was told there was a “significant and lengthy” period of polluting the Gatwick Stream and River Mole between Crawley in West Sussex and Horley in Surrey.
Judge Christine Laing KC said she thought Thames Water showed a “deliberate attempt” to mislead the Environment Agency over the incident.
It comes as the company faces concerns over its future as it continues to pile on debt.
Whitehall officials have begun drawing up plans to potentially nationalise the company due to its poor finances.
The record fine against a water company illegally spilling sewage is held by Southern Water.
It was charged £90 million for nearly 7,000 incidents across Hampshire, Kent and Sussex in 2021.
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