Suspensions rock water firm chiefs.
WEST Midlands-based utility giant Severn Trent has suspended two senior managers following an investigation into water testing at its Bridgend laboratory in South Wales.
The Coventry-based water group confirmed the suspensions "following a recent audit of aspects of the Bridgend laboratory service by the Drinking Water Inspectorate".
The group said in a statement: "The drinking water regulator has brought to our attention defi-ciencies in the systems of work and associated analytical quality control within the Bridgend laboratory.
"We have therefore decided to suspend testing for inorganic substances at Bridgend pending completion of an investigation which we have commissioned from Eversheds and Ernst and Young."
The group added: "Severn Trent PLC has suspended STS analytical services managing director Rachel Henton and operations manager at Bridgend laboratory Tim Down on full pay to ensure no possibility of a conflict of interest during the Eversheds and Ernst and Young investigation."
Tony Ballance, director of strategy and regulation at Severn Trent, said: "We have acted decisively to address the apparent deficiencies the regulator has brought to our attention in relation to the testing service we provide to our customers.
"We are committed to ensuring that the highest standards are maintained across our businesses at all times."