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UU pleads guilty to supplying unfit water

United Utilities pleaded guilty to supplying water unfit for human consumption at St Helens Magistrates Court yesterday.
The Company was fined a total of £35,000, £5,000 for each of seven specimen counts, in addition to £11,345 in costs.Up to 670,000 consumers in Cheshire and Merseyside received discoloured water in May 2004. United Utilities received more than 30,000 calls, drawing charges under Section 70 of the Water Industry Act 1991.Professor Jeni Colbourne, Chief Inspector of Drinking Water said, 'The Drinking Water Inspectorate will investigate and consider prosecution in all cases where consumers receive water which they regard as unfit for consumption. I am satisfied with the outcome of the hearing.The Inspectorate will make the results of its investigation into the incident publicly available shortly.

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