Hydroseeding company fined for illegally taking water

Photo of a standpipe

We have successfully prosecuted C.D.T.S. (Cambridge Direct Tree Seeding Ltd) for illegally taking water from a hydrant, through unauthorised use of a standpipe.

C.D.T.S. was found guilty of the offence, which took place in Buckingway Business Park in October 2019, and ordered to pay nearly £4,800 in fines and legal costs by Cambridge Magistrates Court.

“When companies illegally connect to the water supply network, it is not only theft, they are potentially creating problems with the quality and the pressure of water supplied to our customers.

Providing a safe and reliable water supply to all of our customers is our number one priority and we work hard every day to make this happen. We take it very seriously when the actions of others impact our ability to do this, so are pleased with this outcome.

We hope it discourages others from acting irresponsibly in the future and instead hire an authorised standpipe to connect to the water mains network. When they do this we will provide training on how to use the equipment correctly and safely.”

Ciaran Kelly, Head of Operations at Cambridge Water

This is not the first prosecution of this kind and demonstrates a zero-tolerance approach with organisations which believe they can connect to the water distribution network without the appropriate authorisation.

Developers and other organisations who need temporary access to the water mains network can apply to hire a standpipe.

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Posted: 16 November 2020