The Environment Agency has said that sewage has been discharged into part of the River Thames in Berkshire. A blocked pump at the Maidenhead Sewage Treatment Works is said to be the cause of the problem.
The Environment Agency said that the pollution was having a ‘noticeable impact’ on the water quality and some fish have died as a result. Thames Water, who manage the Maidenhead Sewage Treatment Works as well as the water supply for most of Greater London and the surrounding areas apologised for the problem, blaming a build up of wet-wipes in a pipe.
A statement put together by the company said that the waste that was spilled had only been through the early stages of the treatment process. The water company went on to say that they are working closely with the Environment Agency in order to minimise the impact of the spillage on the local environment. They once again apologised for everything that has happened and reinforced that they will continue to do everything they can to clean up the river.
The Environment Agency added that peroxide and aeration units were being used to minimise the impact of the waste on the water quality and wildlife.