The boss of Pennon which owns South West Water has raked in £4million since taking the top job in 2020, MailOnline can reveal today.

Amid mounting public anger over sewage being dumped into Britain’s rivers and lakes, Susan Davy took home more than half a million pounds last year.

The 54-year-old lives in a large house in Devon bought for about £560,000 more than 15 years ago, which is about 30 miles away from the affected area of the county where officials are probing a waterborne disease causing sickness and diarrhoea.

Alongside other water bosses, Ms Davy – who turns 55 tomorrow – waived her six-figure bonus, which would have taken her total pay for the year to nearly £1million.

Pennon, which supplies water to around 3.5million households in the South West, has so far remained silent on whether Ms Davy will accept a bonus this year as a backlash against the pollution of the nation’s waterways intensifies.

Under Pennon’s pay and bonus plan, Ms Davy could earn as much as £1.91million this year if she accepts the reward, the company’s latest annual report shows.

Susan Davy, 54, is the chief executive of Pennon Group which owns South West Water

Susan Davy, 54, is the chief executive of Pennon Group which owns South West Water

Susan Davy lives in a large house in Devon bought for about £560,000 more than 15 years ago

Susan Davy lives in a large house in Devon bought for about £560,000 more than 15 years ago

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Pennon boss Susan Davy gives evidence at the House of Commons in October 2021

Pennon boss Susan Davy gives evidence at the House of Commons in October 2021

Susan Davy

Susan Davy

Pennon boss Susan Davy (pictured) has raked in £4million since taking the top job in 2020

Davy took home £543,000 for the 2022/23 financial year after forgoing a bonus of £450,000 amid public and political pressure.

A year earlier she was handed £1.53million, including a bonus of £968,000. And her take home pay for 2020/21 was a whopping £1.93million.

Ms Davy, who went to school in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria before attending the University of Leeds, was previously Pennon’s chief financial officer.

She joined the group as finance director of South West Water in 2007 and has worked in the water industry for 25 years.

Alongside her chief executive role at Pennon, she sits on the board of document management firm Restore.

It comes as a primary school closed today due to not having drinking water, as officials in south Devon investigate a disease which causes sickness and diarrhoea.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said 22 cases of cryptosporidium, a waterborne disease caused by a microscopic parasite, had been confirmed in Brixham.

South West Water is unloading crates of bottled water to distribute to locals in south Devon

South West Water is unloading crates of bottled water to distribute to locals in south Devon

Local residents are seen carrying bottles of water in Devon amid the public health concern

Local residents are seen carrying bottles of water in Devon amid the public health concern

Locals in an area of Devon including Brixham have all been told to boil water as a precaution

Locals in an area of Devon including Brixham have all been told to boil water as a precaution

Other reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in residents and visitors to the south coast town are also under investigation and more confirmed cases of cryptosporidium are expected, the UKHSA said.

South West Water have issued a ‘boil water notice’ for Alston and the Hillhead area of Brixham after water tests showed ‘small traces’ of the parasite cryptosporidium, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.

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Torbay Council said South West Water had opened two bottled water collection points.

The water company previously said data from tests on Tuesday had shown treated water leaving its treatment works was not contaminated, but further tests taken overnight found small traces of cryptosporidium and it had issued the warning to boil water as a precaution.

Residents are being urged to boil water and let it cool before drinking it, preparing or cooking food or cleaning their teeth, though the company said water can continue to be used as normal for washing, bathing and flushing the toilet.

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