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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Water giant admits sewage discharges in South Cumbria

WATER treatment giant United Utilities has admitted three environmental offences in court, including causing a sewage discharge at a pumping station.

The north west firm, based in Warrington, entered guilty pleas at a hearing before Preston Crown Court yesterday.

United Utilities Water Plc admitted one offence of causing a water discharge activity, contravening an environmental permit.

This involved sewage effluent being discharged at King Street pumping station in Millom and Salthouse Pool, a tributary of the Duddon estuary. The offence occurred between May 12 and 13 last year.

The company also admitted two other offences of contravening an environmental permit.

One involved failing to provide and maintain a 24-hour response telemetry alarm system to give notification of a failure or breakdown at the pumping station; the other was failing to main duty pumps in good working order and failing to maintain at least one standby pump.

The case has been adjourned until November 17 for sentencing, or a trial of issue on certain points of the case.

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