17th Feb, 2020

Appeal to trace source of city fuel or oil spill

Rob George 14th Feb, 2020

SEVERN Trent bosses have called on Worcester residents to aid their effort in tracking down the source of either an oil or fuel spill.

Water chiefs have noticed a large amount of a ‘fuel or oil type substance’ entering the city’s sewage treatment works via the sewerage network.

Despite their best efforts in tracing the source of the contamination, Severn Trent chiefs still have been unable to discover the location of the alleged spill.

Matt Jeynes, waste team manager, said: “We did manage to narrow the area down. However the potential source sits within half of Worcester city and we just can’t seem to find where it’s coming from.”

Severn Trent have issued the plea for help after more of the substance was discovered last week. Bosses at the utility giant are concerned as oil and fuel have the potential to kill the millions of bugs which treat the waste.

Should more of it enter the system it could massively affect the performance of the sewage treatment works, according to Mr Jeynes.

“We have teams out at the moment in conjunction with our commercial waste team but it’s really difficult to find the potential source of the issue,” he said.

“So we’re asking the people of Worcester to help. We’d ask any companies which store or use large amounts of fuel or oil to check their site and make sure there are no accidental spills or leaks.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 783 4444 and lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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