Broken pump fixed after sewage spills into the street
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.”