Paint in river sparks environmental probe

PUBLISHED: 10:59 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:02 28 May 2013

The River Mimram

The River Mimram

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AN environmental operation was launched after a large amount of paint was tipped into a WGC drain – and then spread to the River Mimram.

The Environment Agency is now calling for information after a person in a white van was spotted pouring paint down a drain in Coneydale. It travelled through the drains to Digswell Nature Reserve where it had entered the pond and river.

Water checks carried out show that the pollutant had minimal effect on the wildlife and had diluted to tolerable levels.

Working with Thames Water Utilities Ltd, officers were able to prevent any further pollution from entering the river and to remove the remaining pollutant from Digswell Water.

The pain was poured into the drain on Thursday, May 2.

Environment Officer James Burton said: “In the majority of urban areas, any liquid entering roadside drains or guttering will enter a watercourse untreated.

“It is vitally important that any washings, sewage or other trade effluents, such as paints, are disposed of correctly to prevent pollution and ensure the quality of our rivers.”

If you have any information on this incident contact the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807060.


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