Prosecution and Caution Record

Cautions issued over last 5 years

(Full record of cautions from 1995 to present day)

Full record of cautions

Date of Event

Caution Date

Details

6 November 2018

21 December 2020

Severn Trent Water accepted a caution following an event where discoloured water with an unacceptable taste and odour was supplied to 13,150 consumers in Leicester, after a rehabilitated trunk main was returned to supply.

27 March 2020

15 December 2020

SES Water accepted a caution following the investigation of an event where water unfit for human consumption was supplied to a single property in Sutton, following the mis-connection of the consumers service pipe to a disused gas main

6 March 2019 and 11 July 2019

5 June 2020

South Staffs Water accepted a caution following a technical audit of Crumpwood water treatment works, which identified that the membrane filtration system in use was not being operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

11 December 2016

16 August 2018

United Utilities accepted a caution following the investigation of an event where inadequately disinfected water was supplied from Buckton Castle treatment works to 43,000 consumers in and around Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge. Consumers were advised to boil their tap water before consumption for two and a half days.

12 October 2016

13 April 2018

South Staffs Water accepted a caution following the investigation of an event where discoloured water was supplied to 71,000 consumers in and around Walsall, West Midlands following planned work at Seedy Mill treatment works.

11 March 2016

21 June 2017

Severn Trent Water accepted a caution following the investigation of an event where highly chlorinated water was supplied to 3,700 properties supplied from Castle Donington Service reservoir in Derbyshire due to the loss of control of chlorination from a secondary chlorine dosing rig.

Prosecutions (court cases over last 5 years)

(* Full record of Prosecutions from 1995 to present day)

Date of Event

Date of court case

Company

Stratford Magistrates’ Court

Event

Offence

Outcome

Costs

16 Feb 2017 & 10 July 2017

10/06/2019

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Stratford Magistrates’ Court

Coppermills Water treatment works

Regulation 33(1) – breach of Regulation 26(1)(a)  failure to disinfect water and breach of 26(4) failure to design and continuously operate an adequate treatment process

Regulation 33(1) – breach of Regulation 26(1)(b) failure to subject water to sufficient preliminary treatment to prepare it for disinfection before treatment

£80,000

£80,000

£79,839.68 and a victim’s surcharge of £120

17 Dec 2016

10/01/2019

Northumbrian Water Ltd

Peterlee Magistrate’s Court

South Moor service reservoir taste and odour

Section 70 supply of water unfit, and not following Instructions for Use – Regulation 33(3)(b)

£499,725 and a victim’s surcharge of £170

£32,792.65

31 Jan- 12 Feb 2013

Guilty plea 27/07/2018 Sentencing 10/08/2018

Southern Water Services Ltd

Newport Crown Court

Cooks Castle Shanklin Water Supply Reservoir

Section 70 supply of water unfit (discoloured and highly turbid)

£65,000

£44,620.99

March-July 2015

Guilty plea 31/01/2018

Sentencing 05/06/2018

United Utilities Water Ltd

Bolton Crown Court

Sweetloves works

Regulation 33 – breach of Regulation 26 (1) inadequate treatment and disinfection of water for two events from 31 March – 3 April 2015 and 19 July – 22 July 2015

£50,000 for first event

£150,000 for second event

£54,000

Aug-Sept 2015

Guilty plea 19/07/17 Sentencing 10/10/17

United Utilities Water Ltd

Preston Crown Court

Franklaw works – detection of Cryptosporidium

Section 70 supply of water unfit for human consumption

£300,000

£150,000

Oct 2015

Guilty plea 14/08/17 Sentencing 25/08/17

Southern Water Services Ltd

Southampton Magistrate’s Court

Discolouration due to burst main

Section 70 supply of water unfit for human consumption and use of non-approved products (Reg 33)

£400,000 for Section 70 offence £80,000 for Reg 33 offence

£50,000

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