I’ve been invited to go down a sewer and it wasn’t by someone trying to be rude. I think I’ll go - although I really don’t like rats which I envisage I'll see plenty of down there. The offer was made by Thames Water’s maintenance team (see pic). I met them yesterday after they had completed works on the Hammersmith Grove trunk sewer, following problems after the recent floods (view previous posting).
They told me that Non-Return Valves have now been re-fitted to all the properties that were recently flooded out in Hammersmith Grove and that they are working their way through the rest of the area. They were nice blokes who seemed to enjoy their work and were very professional. They suggested that anyone who is concerned about their home and wants their Non-Return Valve checked should call Thames Water on 0845 9200 800. You can view contact details and see how to complain about an unresolved problem by clicking here. The team also explained that Non-Return Valves need to be checked out every few years and that residents will need to contact Thames Water if they want that work to be completed.
I have written to Thames Water’s chief executive raising questions about the problems with local sewers and asking what actions were being taken to avoid future flooding of people’s homes. I’ll let you know when I get a reply.
Meanwhile, I hope they provide protective clothing for that trunk sewer trip.