Severn Trent to accelerate river cleanup operations for 16 years after a strong start to the year


Severn Trent to accelerate river cleanup operations for 16 years after a strong start to the year


The Severn Trent is planning to clean up rivers after the government launched an inquiry into whether the sewage works were violating environmental regulations.

The agency said it would meet the obligations of improving rivers under the Environment Act in nine years, over a quarter of a century.

The company said: ‘Rivers are important to our supply chain and while we don’t have rivers in our area, we take our role seriously in protecting and caring for them.’

Severn Trent (pictured), led by chief executive Liv Garfield, said he would fulfill the responsibilities of improving rivers under the Environment Act in nine years

It added that Ofwat and the Environment Agency would welcome working with regulators following the announcement of an investigation into sewage treatment plants.

Regulators have said firms will face unlimited fines if they are prosecuted for violations of their environmental regulations.

The investigation of more than 2,000 sewage works was initiated after oversight, many not following the rules on how much waste water is treated before it flows into nature.

Severn Trent has revealed a 13.8 percent increase in pre-tax profits for the six months to the end of September. It raised £ 256million on revenues of £ 958million, up 8 per cent.

Chief Executive Officer Liv Garfield said: ‘We have made another strong start to the year as we focus on delivering to partners across our region and delivering to customers more important areas.’

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