“Severn Trent Water has again achieved an industry leading rating of four stars: this is good news for the environment and its customers” say the Environment Agency.
“This is particularly good news for people living in southern Staffordshire” says Michael Fabricant. “While the South Staffordshire Water Company supply our drinking water, it is Severn Trent who dispose of our sewage. It has retained consistent performance since 2021. And this year, it is the only company in England out of the nine water and sewerage companies included in the Environmental Performance Assessment to achieve this rating” Michael adds.
The Environment Agency say: “There is no room for complacency: improvements are still required and we continue with our regulatory responsibility to hold Severn Trent Water to account. This involves working closely with the company to make sure it continues to meet the requirements of the Environmental Performance Assessment and continuously improves its performance.”
Michael adds: “The results for the nine English water and sewerage companies for 2022 are disappointing with minimal improvement in star ratings compared to 2021. The sector only achieved 23 stars out of a maximum of 36. Until recently, there was no regular pollution monitoring and prior to 2010 there was hardly any way of holding sewerage companies to account. While some are doing better and some metrics are improving, performance is still not where it should be. The Government will impose heavy fines – as it did recently with Thames Water – and potential prison sentences on directors of those water companies which continue to pollute.”