Thames Water has recently prosecuted four companies for using illegal standpipes to take water from hydrants within the region. The companies were ordered to pay fines ranging between £2,700 and £7,502 for offences related to the Water Industry Act 1991 and the Water Supply and Fitting Regulations 1999.
DrainSafe is an industry-led approved contractor scheme sponsored by the National Association of Drainage Contractors (NADC). It sets out to provide a framework in which customers of our industry (from householders through to much larger organisations) can have the assurance that their contractor is competent to do the work.
It is an offence to cause or knowingly permit a water pollution discharge activity. The offences cover pollution of all watercourses, including streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and the territorial sea out to 3 nautical miles. Groundwater is included as a watercourse. For England and Wales, the principal water pollution offences are contained in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010: regulations 38(1) and 12(1). Read More