Water company fined £2m for polluting beaches

A record fine has been handed to Southern Water after sewage pollution from its pumping station caused the closure of Kent beaches during the Queen’s diamond jubilee bank holiday in 2012.

In late May and early June 2012, technical failures at the firm’s wastewater pumping station in Margate resulted in untreated and partially-screened sewage being discharged onto the beach and into the sea on numerous occasions.  

The pollution was so serious that Thanet District Council closed several beaches in the area for nine days, including the bank holiday weekend. The Environment Agency said clean-up and compensation costs amounted to more than £420,000.&...

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