Thames Water bosses warn of sewer flooding problemsBy Hugh Fort
March 22, 2013
Water bosses are warning more heavy rain could spell trouble for sewers near flooding hotspots.
Groundwater levels are at a record high and Thames Water is warning rainwater will not have anywhere to go other than into the already full underground sewers.
Bob Collington, Thames Water’s head of operational control, said: “This winter has been a tough challenge and there’s no let-up in sight yet.
“With more rain forecast, we’re having to ensure our tankers are removing the excess flows in areas prone to flooding so our customers' homes are protected.
“Our sewers were only ever intended to take away wastewater from homes and business, not river water and groundwater too.”
The tankers are being used to provide a short-term fix for the overloaded areas of Thames Water's sewer network ahead of planned long-term solutions starting soon
Mr Collington added: “Although the bulk of the work on inspecting the state of the sewers cannot be done until they have less water in them, we have already started looking at what we can do to mitigate against this kind of problem in future.
“Our engineers are working on potential solutions and have already started to identify areas with the most severe problems and in some cases, we have been able to start improvement works already.
“We are committed to putting long-term solutions in place and we are working with the Environment Agency and local authorities to make sure we get this right.”
For more information and a video update, visit www.thameswater.co.uk/flooding