Thames Water’s legal costs soar to more than £50m in 2022


Thames Water’s legal costs soar to more than £50m in 2022 amid public outcry over sewage pollution

Thames Water’s legal costs soared to more than £50million in 2022 amid a public outcry over sewage pollution. 

Britain’s largest water firm set aside £53million in environmental-related provisions last year – more than double the £22.9million a year before, company filings show. UK water firms have faced public fury over the dumping of raw sewage into Britain’s waterways. 

Outcry: Britain’s largest water firm set aside £53million in environmental-related provisions last year – more than double the £22.9million a year before

Water companies in England discharged waste into rivers on more than 400,000 occasions in 2020, according to the Environment Agency last year. 

Thames Water is being investigated by regulator Ofwat and the Environment Agency over pollution failures and sewer overflow. 

The company said in its latest report: ‘We’ve faced considerable scrutiny over our ability to demonstrate compliance with… regulations regarding wastewater treatment works.’ 

Thames Water chief executive Sarah Bentley was paid £2million in 2022, including an annual bonus of £496,000.

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