Sewage From Fire Damaged Works Spills Into Wandle

Thames Water spokesman confirms dead fish have been found

Fifteen fire engines and around 75 firefighters were called to a fire in a single storey building at Beddington sewage works on Tuesday evening.

The fire resulted in loss of power which in turn the ability to quality control of effluent release in to the Wandle. A spokesman for Thames Water told
"We have been dealing with a major fire at Beddington sewage works in Croydon overnight which left the site without power. This has now been restored. Fortunately, no-one was injured but this did affect the quality of the effluent discharging into the River Wandle before we got alternative power supplies running".

She continued:
"The Environment Agency has been on site helping to limit the impact on the river but regretfully, a number of dead fish have been found. We are still investigating the cause of the fire and will be working with the Wandle Trust to monitor the effect on wildlife."

The Wandle flows through Wimbledon, Earlsfield & Southfields to join the Thames between Putney & Wandsworth.

August 22, 2012