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Thames Water fined after sewer blockage pollutes Danson Park lake

PUBLISHED: 15:37 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:38 23 March 2016

Danson Park and lake

Danson Park and lake

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The company pleaded guilty to polluting the lake and connecting stream

Thames Water has been ordered to pay more than £100,000 after it pleaded guilty to poluuting a stream and lake in Welling.

A foul sewer blockage led to sewage and sediment pouring into the surface water system.

From there the sewage managed to leak into the stream which feeds into Danson Park lake.

The incident happened in May 2013.

While the pollution was in the lake, the council was forced to suspend school, club and general public rowing and boating sessions due to public health risks posed by the severe organic pollution.

The water and sewerage company was fined £80,000 with £30,000 to pay in costs at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, March 21.

Thames Water had pleaded guilty in October last year.

Chris Hazleton, area environment manager, said: “This incident demonstrates the harm untreated sewage can cause if allowed to enter the environment.

“We expect sewerage undertakers, such as Thames Water, to take pro-active action to inspect and maintain their network in order to reduce the risk of causing serious pollutions, particularly where there is a known history of such incidents affecting a sensitive receptor.

“It is important that when instances like this occur, we pursue those responsible to ensure appropriate action is taken to reduce the risk of further pollution incidents occurring.

“Members of the public can report pollution incidents by calling the Environment Agency’s emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

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