Onich man feel­ing less than flush over re­turn of toi­let trou­bles

The Oban Times - - News - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

AN ONICH man is at his wits end af­ter a blocked sewage pipe has left him un­able to use his toi­let prop­erly.

Danny Ji­mack, from Caber­feidh, Onich, told the Lochaber

Times he has spent more than £1,000 try­ing to fix a prob­lem that first started six years ago. He claims no- one will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

The 52-year- old said that in 2010 the sewage pipe un­der the A82, which runs from his house on one side of the road to the other side where the sep­tic tank is, broke caus­ing sewage to build up. This was fi­nally fixed in 2011, but the prob­lem has now re­turned.

Mr Ji­mack con­tin­ued: ‘In Fe­bru­ary [2017] I no­ticed the sewage was start­ing to build up again. I had had my sep­tic tank emp­tied last year so I knew it couldn’t be full, which is when alarm bells started ring­ing. I was think­ing it must be a block­age in the pipe again.

‘I called Scot­tish Wa­ter be­cause I knew the pipe would need cleared as it’s a health haz­ard. They came out but said that of­fi­cially they are not meant to clear the pipe, just empty the tank – but I couldn’t even use my toi­let.’

Mr Ji­mack, who is a coach driver earn­ing around £8 an hour, paid a CCTV com­pany to come with a cam­era and in­spect the pipe to try and find out what was go­ing on.

Images showed a huge hole in the pipe un­der the road.

Mr Ji­mack claims the vol­ume of traf­fic on the A82 is caus­ing gravel to fall through the hole and into the pipe caus­ing another block­age.

Mr Ji­mack said: ‘ The CCTV footage found that from my side of the road to about the mid­dle there were sev­eral cracks and a huge hole in the pipe where gravel from the road is fall­ing in and has blocked the pipe.

‘The footage showed that where the pipe runs un­der my gar­den it is in much bet­ter con­di­tion be­cause it doesn’t have heavy lor­ries pound­ing on it.

‘I have called BEAR Scot­land, the coun­cil, Scot­tish Wa­ter, and my own in­sur­ance com­pany, but no- one is tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for it. I re­ally am at des­per­a­tion stage now.

‘I don’t work my guts off to have to pay this amount of money to try and fix a prob­lem I didn’t cre­ate.

‘I am us­ing the toi­let, but I can’t put toi­let paper down in case it gets blocked again. I have bought a chemi-loo be­cause I just know it’s go­ing to hap­pen again.’

A Scot­tish Wa­ter spokesper­son said: ‘Scot­tish Wa­ter takes cus­tomer com­plaints ex­tremely se­ri­ously. We are cur­rently con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter and can­not com­ment fur­ther at this time.’

A spokesper­son for BEAR Scot­land said: ‘As the pipe un­der­neath the A82 is not a trunk road as­set, it is not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of BEAR Scot­land.

‘De­spite this, as the pipe runs be­neath the trunk road we will contact Mr Ji­mack as we are in­ter­ested to find out what is hap­pen­ing.’

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