Leaking pipe on Portnalls Road
27/04/2018 13:26:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Yesterday parents from local schools contacted me to let me know that a pipe had burst on Portnalls Road, spewing effluent onto the road. Most unpleasant and unsanitary for local residents and those using the schools.
I immediately drew it to the attention of senior officers in Croydon Council and Thames Water and requested swift action to resolve it.
Thames Water attended soon after and initially worked to pump the pipe to stop further output from it. Today they confirmed that the cause of the issue was not a burst pipe but a serious blockage in the system. They have spent today working to remove that blockage.
Thames Water and Croydon Council have been working to clean the road and hope to have the area back in working order soon.
This is not the first time that this has occured at this location. Some have suggested that it may be due to the building works on Cane Hill, or an increased strain on the local infrastructure as a result of the development. There is currently no evidence for either of these hypotheses, but I have asked for Thames Water to feed back to me as soon as possible with their understanding of the underlying causes for this repeating issue.
Once we have evidence for the cause of the pipe leaking, we can work to address it.
I will continue to keep residents updated on the various local Facebook groups and on this blog as I receive more information.
The path was cleaned and with a high pressure jet and sprayed with disinfectant this morning. Thames Water have also scheduled a twice daily pump out at the manhole to ensure that they do not overflow again.
Currently, the sewer comes across the field from the new development and drops into a manhole on the embankment with an interceptor at the bottom which keeps blocking. Thames Water are working to divert this in the field. This land is privately owned and they are awaiting permission from the developer.