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Prosecutions for Effluent Discharges

Trade effluent, also known as trade wastewater; henceforth referenced to as effluent, is waste water from industrial (or non-domestic) processes that flows into sewers and water bodies. Effluent may contain: chemicals, solvents, detergents and fats/oils among other contaminants.

Effluent has been controlled through UK legislation since 1937 (Public Health (Drainage of Trade Premises) Act, 1937). This act has since been superseded by multiple extensions and strengthening measures to give better powers in controlling trade effluent discharge. The most current effluent control is the Water Industry Act 1991 (England and Wales).