Sewage dumped in River Blackwater kills 300 fish
By mattcollison | Monday, September 10, 2012, 19:38
SEWAGE discharged into the River Blackwater at Camberley has killed 300 fish, the Environment Agency has said.
Hundreds of fish have been found dead after effluent was dumped in the River Blackwater at Camberley.
Environment Agency officers deployed an aerator to improve the river's oxygen levels.
The Agency was called in on Friday (September 7) after members of the public spotted dead fish in the river between Camberley and Sandhurst.
Effluent that had not been properly treated was the cause, the Agency said.
Officers from the Environment Agency deployed an aerator to improve oxygen levels which has brought the pollution under control.
A statement issued by the Environment Agency today (September 10) said: "On Friday September 7 there was a sewage discharge into the River Blackwater at Camberley, Surrey.
"Environment Agency officers attended the site and have found that approximately 300 fish died within a 2km stretch between Camberley and Sandhurst. Since Friday aerators have been deployed to help improve the oxygen levels in the river.
"The cause of the poor quality discharge to the River Blackwater has been brought under control and there have been no further reports of fish deaths over the weekend. We will continue to monitor the river and will be testing the area tomorrow to check the impact on the insect life in the river. "