Water company handed £32,000 fine

ANGLIAN Water Services has been fined £32,000 after two separate pollutions into the same Nettleham stream.

Sewage and trade effluent twice escaped from the drainage system and ended up in the Roaring Meg Drain causing a serious impact on invertebrates, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday. The company was also ordered to pay £3,974 court costs.

The first pollution was in April this year when a blockage in the foul sewer on Woodhall Drive led to trade and sewage effluent getting into the surface water drain through an access hole, which should have been capped, ending up in the stream.

Three months later there was a further pollution when the foul sewer became blocked with rag, fat, old rods and wood at Nocton Drive, causing the foul sewer to surcharge upstream and get into the surface water drain. Surface water drains are designed to carry rainwater away from the streets and into watercourses.