By Joe Curtis
A watchdog has slapped Southern Water with a £126m fine after “serious failures” in how the company operated sewage treatment sites over a seven-year period.
A lack of investment in a number of Southern Water sewage treatment sites led to equipment failures and sewage spilling into the environment, regulator Ofwat said today.
The firm also misreported the performance of a number of sewage treatment sites, meaning it avoided £91m in penalties from Ofwat.
The period covers 2010 to June 2017.
Ofwat has now issued its heaviest ever fine in proportion to the size of the business, forcing Southern Water to repay customers £123m through their bills and a £3m fine.
That £123m figure includes the £91m Southern Water avoided in penalties and another £32m “as recognition of their serious failures”, Ofwat said.
“What we found in this case is shocking. In all, it shows the company was being run with scant regard for its responsibilities to society and the environment,” said Ofwat boss Rachel Fletcher…Full Story