Burst sewage pipe on Portnalls Road
01/05/2018 17:30:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
I today received a reply from Thames Water on the cause of the Portnalls Road pipe leak this past week:
'Dear Councillor Creatura
Thank you for your emails of 26 and 27 April. I can confirm that a full clean-up of the area has now been completed.
We have been aware of an issue with the sewer network affecting Portnalls Road since September 2017. This is a complex situation and our Field Operations Specialist has been involved in the investigation to determine the cause of the flooding.
Our current evaluation is the sewer pipe from the new development has been connected to the wrong pipework, which we believe to be redundant. In addition, we also identified a problem with the interceptor; however, this has now been repaired and at the time, we thought this had resolved the situation. We have also found concrete in the line.
We have identified a sewer pipe in an adjacent field which we believe we can divert to. This field is currently owned by the developer, from whom we need permission to access. We are visiting this week to obtain the necessary paperwork, after which we can then begin to plan our diversion.
In the meantime, we have arranged for our Waste Team to attend on a daily basis to check the levels of the manhole and if necessary will arrange for it to be emptied, if required.
I hope you find this information useful. I have asked a Senior Case Manager in our Executive Office, to continue to keep you updated...'
I have asked Croydon Council to urgently contact the developer to find the cause of the concrete and assure it doesn't happen again. I've contacted the developer directly myself asking to ensure that if it did happen on their watch, inadvertently or otherwise, that it doesn't happen again in future.