‘Lumps’ of human poo and bog roll allowed to continue running down main road
Human excrement will be allowed to continue to run down a main road into a river in Wales, with the local water company admitting it has no plans to fix the problem.
“Lumps of poo” are said to seep from a manhole cover at a lay-by on the A5 at Capel Curig whenever there’s heavy rain, with the stream of sewage – including bog roll and worse – heading towards fields.
The sewage then runs into the Afon Llugwy, a tributary of the River Conwy, raising serious environmental fears, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service and Wales Online.
But despite an outcry about the grim torrent of excrement, Welsh Water say they have no plans to carry out remedial work.
Conwy county councillor Liz Roberts said she had written to both Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) and Natural Resources Wales without success.
“I’ve been a councillor since 2004, and the problem has been there since then and before,” she said.
“We’ve reported it and reported it to Dwr Cymru, and all they say is ‘It’s only a hamlet’ and ‘We don’t get enough reports coming in to go to the top of the list to be actioned’.
“The sewage raises the lid off the manhole. It is disgusting. There are lumps of poo all over the place, and you can see it in the field as well.
“People are in despair because neither the NRW nor Dwr Cymru are seemingly doing anything about it.
Gethin Davies, who sits on the community council, added: "Obviously there is a health risk, and it’s very unsightly having toilet paper and raw sewage lying around at a popular lay-by, and we are worried about the health side as well as it flows into a ditch and into the stream.”
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A spokeswoman for Welsh Water said: “We are aware of flooding from a combined sewer network near the lay-by in Capel Curig and fully understand local concerns regarding the situation.
“The combined sewer there carries wastewater and surface water, and while our investigations show that the system is in good working order, the flooding is linked to too much rainwater entering the system during periods of heavy rainfall as we have seen over the past few weeks.
“This is partly due to the more intense rainfall events we are now seeing due to climate change.
“As we operate a vast network of over 36,000km of sewers – which is enough to stretch to Australia and back – we have to prioritise our investment and work with other agencies to support those areas most at risk of flooding.
“This includes those areas where the local sewer networks get overwhelmed by extreme weather and flooding enters the homes of customers.
“As a result, while we do not have plans to undertake any work on the system in Capel Curig in the short term, we will keep this situation under review.”
NRW operations manager Iwan Williams said: “We’re in discussions with Dwr Cymru to consider appropriate mitigation measures to minimise the impacts of overflow as a result of extreme weather events.”
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