Monday, 18 December 2017

£4.5m bill to pump sewers

THAMES WATER has spent £4.5million pumping waste out of sewers since October.

THAMES WATER has spent £4.5million pumping waste out of sewers since October.

Tanker lorries have been working 24 hours a day to prevent sewers overflowing at locations including Playhatch.

The company said it has had no choice but to keep pumping sewage away. Tankers have been pumping water out of sewers at Playhatch since before Christmas.

A Thames Water spokesman said she didn’t know how long the tankers would be in place.

“Whenever it rains we are at risk of flooding because the ground is sodden like a wet sponge,” she said. “We are focusing on protecting homes at the moment. When the water levels are lower in the spring and summer we will be working with the Environment Agency to see what we can do.”

In December, Playhatch residents were upset to find their gardens strewn with sewage as the drains were unable to cope.

Richard Berkley, a coach at Upper Thames Rowing Club, said his land was submerged in up to 3ft of foul water. He called the experience an “absolute nightmare”.

In December, Playhatch residents were upset to find their gardens strewn with sewage as the drains were unable to cope.

Richard Berkley, a coach at Upper Thames Rowing Club, said his land was submerged in up to 3ft of foul water. He called the experience an “absolute nightmare”.

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