The sorry saga of untreated sewage dumped in the Solent came to a head this week in the Canterbury Crown Court. Southern Water had pleaded guilty to 71 violations over 6 years – including 8,400 illegal discharges – with the cover ups sanctioned at a senior level.
Some will claim that this is an example of the regulator doing its job – and others will point out that they were too easily fooled by a company whose top priority was to maximise shareholder profits.
Either way the saga stinks – and now, in 2021, we can finally look forward to the sentencing later this week for crimes committed before 2015. Will the punishment be enough to stop further discharges?
And the Contaminated Crustacean Award goes to . .