Fury at 15-month street water leak

FED-uP residents are demanding work be carried out on a mysterious water leak that has plagued their street for more than 15 months.

Those living on Slater Crescent say despite calls to Severn Trent Water and Derbyshire Dales District Council, nothing has been done about the water that continually seeps up through the road at the end of their street.

The problem began in November 2010 during the extreme cold snap when chunks of asphalt were broken up by ice.

However, residents began noticing standing water appearing in the potholes, even during dry periods. Despite numerous calls to the council and to Severn Trent Water, residents say nothing has been resolved and pools continue to form on the road, causing craters.

They say the standing water can often smell like sewage while the garden of resident John Gratton, continues to flood.

He lives on the corner house of Bournebrook Avenue and Slater Crescent, adjacent to the leak.

He said: “It’s disgusting really, they do not seem to do anything.

“The water is coming through the cracks. After it rains it’s really bad, our garden if full of foul water.”

Michelle Flint, who lives nearby added: “They have had enough time and opportunity to sort this out. The only thing we can think of is that it’s the sewage pipe that runs underneath, but Severn Trent keep saying there’s nothing wrong there.

“I’ve reported it at least half a dozen times. They seem to come along, scratch their heads and then go again and nothing gets done.”

In response, Severn Trent Water said: “Unfortunately, this is not a Severn Trent issue.

“We have had calls from local residents and we have visited the site. We attended on January 5 and February 15 this year and took samples of the water.

“This clearly showed that the water was not our clean water and it wasn’t a sewage leak.

“We wrote to the local resident who reported it to us and confirmed this.”

They advised the residents to contact environmental health at Derbyshire Dales District Council.

The council says it is aware of the problem and has since requested a site meeting with Derbyshire County Council Highways.