Tests show con­tam­i­na­tion in ground

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Roof Crash Ter­ror -

South East Water says it was alerted to a petrol odour com­ing from cus­tomer taps at the flats in Cornes Close, Willes­bor­ough, in De­cem­ber 2012.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions sug­gested the odour was a re­sult of fuel drain­ing into one of the un­der­ground cham­bers.

How­ever, sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tions with the En­vi­ron­ment Agency showed that these are his­tor­i­cal deposits within the soil.

A new petrol-re­sis­tant cham­ber and spe­cial­ist bar­rier pipes, which would pre­vent chem­i­cals pen­e­trat­ing the pipe­lines, were in­stalled just be­fore Christ­mas 2012. How­ever, as the smell is still present, they now be­lieve the smell could be com­ing from the pipes within the prop­erty, which is owned by the Sal­va­tion Army Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

A spokesman said: “South East Water is re­spon­si­ble for the water mains which lead to a cus­tomers’ prop­erty boundary, any pipework within pri­vate land is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the prop­erty owner.

“As these deposits are also found within the pri­vate land we have been in reg­u­lar con­tact with the Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion over the past 12 months to as­sist with their work to in­stall spe­cial bar­rier pipe within their land.

“Once this sec­tion of pipework has been in­stalled within the prop­erty’s boundary the odour is­sue should be fully re­solved. We would like to stress that the odour poses no risk to hu­man health.

“While ini­tial tests on the water were be­ing car­ried out, we did sup­ply bot­tled water to cus­tomers of the prop­er­ties af­fected dur­ing De­cem­ber 2012 but took the de­ci­sion to ex­tend this un­til March 2013 as a ges­ture of good­will.”

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