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Fat and grease problem leads to foul water issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

  • SMELLY ISSUE . . . complaints have been made by claims contaminated foul water has been spewing onto a path in Branston Road, Burton.

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AN investigation was launched into claims contaminated foul water has been spewing onto a path in Burton – after reports surfaced of youngsters being ‘showered’ in it as they walked to and from school.

Concerns were raised by members of the public after youngsters were spotted having to cover their noses with their jumpers as the stench in Branston Road, Burton, became so overwhelming.

After learning of the problem, workers from Severn Trent Water investigated the matter and found a nearby sewer filled with fat and grease - causing sewerage to spill onto the road and nearby path.

Resident John Mills got in touch with the Mail about the issue.

He said: “I would like to report a problem with contaminated foul water flowing back up a road gully on Branston Road, in Burton, under the railway bridge.

“The problem has been evident for at least the past 12 months, and does not appear to be linked to periods of extreme weather as moderate rain causes it.

“From the odours that accompany the flooding, it is obvious that there is some sewage contamination present in this water – I suspect the gully serves into an older combined surface water/foul sewer.

“What spurned me to complain is having seen schoolchildren walking past it on the footpath being showered by the contaminated water, seemingly oblivious to the potential for this to cause quite serious illness. Some had their jumpers pulled up over their noses because of the smell.”

A spokesman for Severn Trent Water said: “The company was called to help when sewage was seen coming from a gulley in Branston Road, and when the team from Severn Trent Water came out to look, they discovered that the sewer was blocked.

“The culprit – fat. fat and grease, all clogged together into a plug that blocked the sewer, causing sewage to back up and out of the sewer into the road.

“It appears that local residents have been disposing of left over fat, oil and grease down the toilet or sink and that had caused the problem.

“The blockage of fat was removed and the sewer has now been fully cleaned.”

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