EMMINGTON: Villagers’ lives blighted by river of raw sewage

The deluge of raw sewage on the road outside Keepers Cottage in Emmington
The deluge of raw sewage on the road outside Keepers Cottage in Emmington

Villagers are desperate for authorities to get to the bottom of a raw sewage leak which is making their lives a misery.

Carolyn Rivett, 53, and her husband Stuart, also 53, moved into Keepers Cottage in Emmington, 12 years ago and the leaking drains outside their home have always been an issue.

The problem came to a head last December, when raw sewage, used condoms and sanitary towels began flowing into the road on a daily basis.

The couple – who say they have to hose the sewage off their dog and their shoes every time they go for a walk – are worried that the ditch outside their home will burst its banks in the wet weather.

Their neighbours have had to place sandbags in front of their homes to stop the untreated faeces from flowing into their gardens.

Mrs Rivett believes the problem is connected with sewage being pumped from nearby Sydenham and it having nowhere to go when Henton sewage works is closed.

She said: “In the heat of the summer it smells awful, and it’s a health hazard. We often get families walking along the road – most of whom have no idea that the puddle their children are splashing in is sewage.”

A spokesman from Thames Water said the sewer pipes were being cleaned and checked for blockages, and the ditch regularly cleared.