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New tests to find source of sewage

PUBLISHED: 22:00 29 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

ANGLIAN Water are continuing their investigations into the cause of sewage spilling into an Ipswich street.

Worried residents of Riverside Road told The Evening Star of seeing human waste and sanitary products in their gardens.

ANGLIAN Water are continuing their investigations into the cause of sewage spilling into an Ipswich street.

Worried residents of Riverside Road told The Evening Star of seeing human waste and sanitary products in their gardens.

However, in a statement to the Star AW spokesman Adrian Smith gave an assurance that the company is investigating the cause.

"We are aware of some localised flooding during periods of prolonged rainfall and have visited the customers to discuss the issue.

"We have begun investigating the cause and are cleaning the sewers to ensure that they are operating at their correct capacity."

He added work was due to take place in Bramford Road over the weekend to cause the minimum disruption to traffic.

Sarah Williams had told how the sewer beneath her house had flooded ten times in the last 18 months, covering her garden with excrement.

Speaking of the most recent drenching she said: "It was outrageous. There was a dead rat rolling around, lumps of solid waste, sanitary products. Basically anything that goes down the toilet comes back up."

After AW's recent statement Miss Williams said: "Someone from AW came round. They had told me what they are going to do, they are going to flush the system and are hoping it is just a blockage.

"I am hopeful that what they are going to do is going to work, but not over optimistic."

Earlier her neighbour Elaine Davies, 40, said the problem had got worse since the new Cardinal Gardens development was started.

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