Prosecution and Caution Record

Cautions issued over last 5 years

(* Full record of cautions (PDF 68KB) from 1995 to present day)

Date of Event Caution Date Details

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 (PDF 128KB) from 1995 to present day)

Date of Event Date of court case Company Court Event Offence Outcome Costs
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
May 2013 25/03/15 Sembcorp Bournemouth Water Bournemouth Magistrate’s Court Alderney works, Bournemouth Section 70 supply of water unfit and breach of Regulation 26 (failure to operate an adequate treatment process) £20,000 (four counts of water unfit); £5,000 (failure to adequately operate a treatment process) and a victim surcharge of £120 £48,772
21/11/12 20/01/14 Severn Trent Water Coventry Magistrate’s Court Broadway, Worcestershire Section 70 supply of water unfit (discoloured, taste and odour) £66,000 (11 counts) and a victim surcharge of £120 £25,950

 


Page reviewed: 30 August 2018
Page modified: 30 August 2018

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