Blocked Pipe Creates River of Raw Sewage

Staveley Gardens residents facing 'serious public health hazard'

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Residents of Staveley Gardens have been joined by Chiswick Councillors in demanding action from Thames Water over a blocked sewer.

"The road has been turned into a river of raw sewage," Paul Allen told "All attempts to get Thames Water to attend to unblock the sewage pipe that runs across the Civil Service Field has been met with by diversion tactics and down right lies."

He added: "Children have to walk though all this on their way to school and some properties have been walking this sewage into their homes since Friday Morning."

Unfortunately for the residents of Staveley Gardens, this is nothing new.

"The main sewage system wasn't installed correctly when the estate was built in 1978/80. We have had problems for years but the problem really came to a head four or five years ago when Thames Water denied owning the sewers and never had any plans for them."

Despite numerous attempts by residents and Hounslow Council to force Thames Water to rectify the problem nothing effective has been done and the area flooded again over the weekend.

"I've just returned from this site where another large pool of liquid sewerage was forming," said Cllr John Todd adding that he has asked Cllr Peter Thompson to arrange for a representative from Thames Water to attend the next Chiswick Area Committee meeting to provide an explanation and proposals to prevent any repetition.

"This is an unacceptable serious public health hazard," he said.

January 24, 2011