Sewage pollution near shellfish beds costs water company more than £200k

South West Water has been ordered to pay £205,000 after more than 700,000 litres of sewage polluted an internationally important shellfishery in Cornwall. 

The incident, in August 2013, occurred at water company’s Newham sewage treatment works near Truro and involved untreated sewage entering the Fal estuary, which is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and special area of conservation (SAC).

The spill was caused by a piece of redundant grating, which fell and partially blocked an inlet at the works, causing sewage to back up and overflow ...

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