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Great Missenden residents call for month-long leak to be fixed
FED-UP residents have called for a leak that has led to water flowing down a busy street for more than a month to be fixed.
Water has been flowing down Station Approach in Great Missenden for more than five weeks due to a burst underground pipe.
The company responsible for the supply in the village, Affinity Water, say the leak has sprung up on private property and it is not their responsibility to repair.
But residents are frustrated nothing has been done to stem the flow despite a string of complaints to Affinity Water.
Joyce Brown, owner of the Finishing Touches interior design shop on Station Approach, said: "Thousands of gallons of water must be getting wasted every day. It's been going on for weeks but they don't seem to be doing anything about it.
"It seems to be the main topic of conversation at the moment. Everybody is complaining about it.
"I spoke to them last week and made the point, who's paying for all this wasted water?
"It's like a little river - it's a major flow of water. You either have to step through it and get your feet wet or jump across it - when there's a lot of elderly people around, they can't do it.
"People walk through the shop with wet feet and I'm fed up of washing the floor."
Sue Pavey, spokesman for Affinity Water, said: "The leak in question is on a private supply pipe to a property in Town End Court, just off Station Approach. We have investigated the source of the leak and it is on a private supply pipe to a property, which is the responsibility of the property owner to repair and we have requested that they arrange this.
"We are working with the owner of the property to help to provide advice on how to arrange for a repair.
"Water companies have a legal responsibility for maintaining pipework up to the boundary of the road or footpath where a water main is located. Leakage on customer supply pipes and internal plumbing is the owner’s responsibility to repair."
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