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Water firm comes clean over leaky Southend pipe
6:10am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
WATER bosses are replacing equipment which an Echo investigation raised concerns about in the wake of heavy flooding this summer.
Anglian Water has also admitted one of its pipes under a road, where residents say water is seeping under their homes, was leaking for months.
It has written to homeowners in Lifstan Way, Southend, confirming one of two discharge pipes under the road was found to have “faults” which have now been repaired.
The letter said: “A full CCTV survey of the 750mm surface water main on the west side of Lifstan Way has now been completed. This did highlight some defects in the network that have now been rectified."
Sarah Yapp, from Lifstan Way, said it had been an uphill struggle to get action from the firm after raising concerns since the spring.
She said: “The water has been bubbling up from under the road at high tide and getting under our house. We will now have to see if this problem stops.”
She is already fighting for compensation from the amid amid claims the leaks have cost thousands of pounds through damage to flooring and walls in the property.
She will also forward Anglian Water’s admission to her home insurer who has so far been reluctant to settle.
Following the August bank holiday flash flooding which left most of the seafront under water, an Echo probe discovered fears over the functioning of two pipes running from surface water lagoons to the sea under the road.
We found one valve designed to stop seawater getting back up the pipes at high tide would not close properly due to barnacles.
The pipe that valve served also appeared to be blocked as water was gushing in from the lagoon further up Lifstan Way, but just trickling into the sea at low tide.
At the time Anglian Water said they were working properly.
The letter to residents since said: “The valves on both the 750mm and 900mm surface water mains have been replaced. the second valve on the 900mm main will also be replaced. This is in full working order, although to ensure our customer’s minds are at rest we will replace all valves.”
It also plans to install steel cages over the valves to protect them and ensure they cannot be tampered with at low tide.
Miss Yapp believes pressure from residents couples with Echo reports spurred the firm into actions.
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