Sewage issues spark concern

Water company Severn Trent has apologised to the people of Belper after issues with raw sewage in the town.

Tankers were collecting waste at The Triangle over new year after pipes failed. And to deal with the issue an emergency over-ground pipe was later installed.

Now, it has been revealed that the problem has occurred around six times previously.

However, Severn Trent says it will not permanently fix the problem until the autumn.

Amber Valley Borough Council Mayor and Belper councillor John Nelson said: “If I see those pumping trucks again I will be very annoyed. This has been going on for years and they should be doing something now to fix it.

“It’s a very serious situation. If a pipe is fractured the sewage has got to be going somewhere and with bad weather it could come bubbling up through the drains.

“They shouldn’t be waiting until autumn to do this when the bad weather arrives again and it could cause this sewage to flood.”

A spokesman for Severn Trent said: “We’d like to apologise to the local community in Belper. We’re aware of an issue with the local sewer pumping station and a pipe that connects it to the local sewage treatment works.

“As a temporary measure, to help solve this problem we have installed an over-land pipe in December last year.

“We have also had to use pumps and tankers to remove waste in the past.

“We are now putting in place plans to install brand new pipes and upgrade the pumping station in the autumn, which will help to prevent any further problems and avoid us using tankers to remove sewage from Belper.

“We would like to apologise to the local community for any inconvenience this work may be causing and thank them for their patience.”

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