Interserve fined £54k for polluting East Sussex river

Interserve Construction Limited has been fined £54,000 after admitting discharging silt-laden water into a tributary of the River Rother in Burwash, East Sussex.

Interserve was contracted to South East Water over an 18-month period at the Crowhurst Bridge Water Treatment Works.

The Environment Agency discovered a brown discharge downstream of the works after a member of the public reported the discoloured water. Further investigations showed that the river was visibly but locally impacted on a temporary basis.

In mitigation, the isolated incident, which lasted 25 minutes, took place on October 1, 2014 and there was no evidence that local wildlife was adversely affected.

David Willis, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said:
"We take these incidents very seriously and do everything within our powers to safeguard the environment and people that may be affected."

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