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David at the Common Brook Pumping station where STW dumped sewage into the Common Brook twice for 17.68 hours in 2022
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Rip-off Water Companies Failing Consumers

SEVERN TRENT WATER CEO ‘rewarded with huge 12% bonus’ on top of salary – despite filling waterways with sewage and failing to stop leaks. The total exec remuneration at STW is £5,988,700 in 2021/22.

Sewage in Waterways: Locally last year, Severn Trent discharged sewerage into the Common Brook by Whittington in 3 places on 14 occasions for a combined 36.7 hours and 4 times into the Weir Brook by West Felton for a combined 19.62 hours. That’s 18 times dumping sewage for 56.32 hours!!

David at the Common Brook Pumping station where STW dumped sewage into the Common Brook twice for 17.68 hours in 2022
David at the Common Brook Pumping station where STW dumped sewage into the Common Brook twice for 17.68 hours in 2022

Leaks: Severn Trent Water lost 446 million litres of water per day in 21/22 and 435m l/d in 22/23.

Fine: Severn Trent was recently fined £56k for misuse of Road closure powers. This included a closure of Station Road, Whittington, on 28 February 2023. The summons stated:

an incorrect notification that there was a leak which needed rectifying through the conducting of Immediate (Urgent) street works, having already known about the leak beforehand.
failed to adequately sign, light and guard part of the A495 Station Road in connection with street works and failed to place, maintain and operate such traffic signs as were reasonably required for the guidance or direction of persons using the street.

David said: “Privatization of the water industry has been a complete failure. However, nationalisation isn’t the answer. It will just hurt consumers even more. The Conservatives let them get away with it and want taxpayers to pay to fix the problem.”

 The water companies need to clear up their own mess. It’s time for: 

  • a sewage tax on £2.2 billion water company annual profits
  • a ban on water company executive bonuses
  • and it’s time for the Government to start dealing with this issue properly.

Note: owing to a technical issue, posts added in November ended up with a future publication date – preventing them from being published. This post was written in November 2023.