Sewage leaked from BP garage in Easebourne

Sewage overflowing onto a grass verge outside the BP garage in Easebourne Lane was due to a blocked toilet pipe.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 4:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 4:57 pm
The leaking manhole cover outside the BP garage in Easebourne Lane

The overspilling manhole cover was reported to the Environment Agency yesterday by a concerned resident.

This afternoon, the Environment Agency said the blockage had been cleared.

A spokesman said: “We contacted Southern Water to carry out an investigation.

“We received an update this morning confirming Southern Water had found the source on land owned by BP, it was confirmed as a discharging manhole due to BP’s toilets foul pipe being blocked.

“Southern Water confirmed it was a spill contained on land around the manhole and there was no evidence of a pollution to the surface water drains and no impact on water quality.

“BP employed a drainage contractor to unblock the foul pipe and the incident has been resolved.”

A spokesman for Southern Water said: “ We’ve carried out checks on our own assets and believe everything is working as it should.

“We found a blocked manhole inside the property to be causing the flooding and a private company is assisting the owner.

“We know how distressing internal flooding can be and we will always investigate the causes and advise or assist customers.”