Residents have become concerned by sewage leaking into the River Kennet. Due to the high rainfall levels over recent months the water table in East Kennet has risen to a level which is causing manhole covers to be pushed up. The result of this is that sewage is finding its way into the river.

The Charity Action for River Kennet (ARK) has expressed concern that the increasing frequency of sewage leaks will cause lasting damage. Their director Charlotte Hitchmough was quoted as saying in the Gazette and Herald:

“Sewers leaking into the river are cause for concern.

“We’ve had reports of sewage leaking into the river in other areas including Coopers Meadow, Stonebridge and Aldbourne, so if anyone does spot anything they should report it.

“The first port of call should be the Environment Agency but if they let ARK know then we can put a dot on the map along with evidence and can present a stronger case to Thames Water.”

The problem was first reported to Thames Water in December and the London drainage company have been managing the issue since then. They have even used tankers to pump out overflowing sewers at a pumping station whose levels are high due to flood waters.

An Environment Agency spokesperson confirmed:

“We are aware of the incident and we are in ongoing discussions with the water company about the best way to alleviate the problem.”

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