Bro­ken pump fixed after sewage spills into the street

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A BRO­KEN pump was re­placed yes­ter­day (Tues­day) after neigh­bours com­plained about tankers car­ry­ing over­flow­ing raw sewage away late at night.

The pump in Gre­gories Road, Bea­cons­field broke more than a week ago, leav­ing raw sewage over­flow­ing into the road.

This is not the first time sewage has caused prob­lems in the town, with in­ci­dents in the same road and the Old Town last year.

There are three pumps at the site, with the one close to Gre­gories Farm Lane break­ing down.

While the sys­tem can nor­mally cope when two are run­ning, the re­cent heavy rains have meant the re­main­ing pumps are strug­gling.

Tankers had been re­mov­ing the sewage, then mov­ing to the pump­ing sta­tion near Furze­field Road and dis­pos­ing of the con­tents there.

The tankers were then be­ing driven back to Cam­bridge Road, turn­ing around and the process started again.

Neigh­bours had com­plained that do­ing this 24/7 has dis­turbed them and makes it hard to sleep. A Thames Wa­ter spokesman said us­ing tankers through­out the night was nec­es­sary to keep down the wa­ter lev­els while the pump was fixed.

The spokes­woman added: “A prob­lem at our Gre­gories Road pump­ing sta­tion means [we had to] use tankers to re­move waste wa­ter from the sew­ers.

“We’re sorry for the dis­rup­tion but with­out them the sewage would spill out of man­holes onto the streets and back up into nearby homes.”

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