British Firm Pays Big for Wandle Restoration

December 15, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

“It was a testament to what could be achieved with an inner-city river. That was until the afternoon of September 17 when, in little more than 20 minutes, years of work was undone. Employees cleaning filters at Thames Water’s sewage works in Beddington accidentally allowed sodium hypochlorite, a bleach, to be released into the river.” Brian Clarke and Will Pavia report in the UK Times that Thames Water has agreed to the largest pollution settlement in angling history: £500,000.