Friday, 7 February 2014

Sewage flooding and blocked culverts in Theale reported to Thames Water and West Berks Council

I was alerted this morning to a sewage flooding problem at Elizabeth Court. This is sheltered housing  at the junction of Hoad Way with the High Street. This is what I found in their garden, just off the High Street:


I believe that the manhole that the effluent is running into feeds into the watercourse that runs around the building (see below).

I called Thames Water and found out that, although they had dealt with a problem there on Tuesday (February 4th), they were not aware of this latest problem. They promised to send someone out urgently to deal with it. This was one of the three sewage problems I reported to Thames Water today.

I then noticed that the watercourse that runs round two sides of Elizabeth Court had a very high water level:


It is also very high where it runs close to Leonard Court. The watercourse flows into a balancing pond at the junction of Hoad Way and the bypass. Water should then flow out of the balancing pond through a culvert under the bypass and then through another culvert under Waterside Drive. I investigated the culverts and found that there was no water flowing out of them. I therefore reported the suspected blocked culverts to West Berkshire Council.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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