Sewage leaked from BP garage in Easebourne

The leaking manhole cover outside the BP garage in Easebourne Lane
The leaking manhole cover outside the BP garage in Easebourne Lane

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

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.”