Residents told to restrict toilet use amid flooding sewage fears

Residents told to restrict toilet use amid flooding sewage fears

Residents told to restrict toilet use amid flooding sewage fears

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MARLOW residents are being urged to keep toilet use to a minimum for as long as two weeks as sewer systems become overloaded with flood water.

Environmental Health officers confirmed the advice following a multi-agency meeting this morning at the Incident Command Unit vehicle stationed in Court Garden Car Park.

Authorities insist the advice is not just limited to the flooded area, and that most residents in the town are being asked to watch their usage.

Divisional environmental health officer Andrew Collinson said: "Because of the condition of the sewers and because they're already overwhelmed with floodwater, people need to start restricting usage of their toilets.

"For instance, they shouldn't flush after they've urinated. People are asked to be considerate on their water usage because the water they use will go into the sewer network that's already overwhelmed.

"It's not just isolated areas, so we're asking everyone in lower Marlow to be considerate.

"It's not river water flooding anymore, it's mainly groundwater, so that can take anything from two to three weeks to shift."

Mr Collinson said sewage has already started to come up through manhole covers and that if people are not careful with usage, the problem will only get worse.

Residents along Pound Lane have reported water becoming increasingly smelly as sewers and cesspits overflow.

Officers deem the floodwater in and around houses as contaminated, and repeated advice given yesterday that no one should walk through it or let their children play in it.

RAF officers stationed at Bisham School are helping to deliver advice leaflets across the area.

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1:19pm Sat 15 Feb 14

tigeran says...

How on earth are they expected to do that?!!!
How on earth are they expected to do that?!!! tigeran
  • Score: 7

12:20am Sun 16 Feb 14

England must be saved says...

If we all pull together, everybody plays their part, we'll be fine.
If we all pull together, everybody plays their part, we'll be fine. England must be saved
  • Score: 6

1:57am Sun 16 Feb 14

Dickitdo says...

It may have been a big mistake to have closed Wycombe Marsh Sewerage Works !. Where does the sewerage from Wycombe and district go too ? now let me guess ,could it be Little Marlow Sewerage Works ,O yes I forgot of course it does , So has the population of Wycombe and district not got to go to the toilet for two weeks, as well as the poor souls in Marlow . You could not make this up . Maybe somebody should be asking Thames Water a few pointed question !. And while they are at it they could ask Southern Electric if it was a good idea to build a large electric sub station behind Wycombe Marsh Primary School on a flood plain, and there's more like the houses that are being built where the Wycombe Sewerage Works were ,and the watercress beds that were filled in and built on. Marsh Green Mill Pond Filled in and grassed over need I go on .Its not called the Marsh for nothing . Sorry I digress !. And now I really need to" go "
It may have been a big mistake to have closed Wycombe Marsh Sewerage Works !. Where does the sewerage from Wycombe and district go too ? now let me guess ,could it be Little Marlow Sewerage Works ,O yes I forgot of course it does , So has the population of Wycombe and district not got to go to the toilet for two weeks, as well as the poor souls in Marlow . You could not make this up . Maybe somebody should be asking Thames Water a few pointed question !. And while they are at it they could ask Southern Electric if it was a good idea to build a large electric sub station behind Wycombe Marsh Primary School on a flood plain, and there's more like the houses that are being built where the Wycombe Sewerage Works were ,and the watercress beds that were filled in and built on. Marsh Green Mill Pond Filled in and grassed over need I go on .Its not called the Marsh for nothing . Sorry I digress !. And now I really need to" go " Dickitdo
  • Score: 20

9:21am Sun 16 Feb 14

Edgar Brooks says...

tigeran wrote:
How on earth are they expected to do that?!!!
"If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down."
It worked during the drought, so can work again.
[quote][p][bold]tigeran[/bold] wrote: How on earth are they expected to do that?!!![/p][/quote]"If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down." It worked during the drought, so can work again. Edgar Brooks
  • Score: 3

9:54am Sun 16 Feb 14

MunsterX says...

Dickitdo, some good points.

The sewage treatment works at the Marsh was a crown jewel for HW, and handing the land to a housebuilder was disgraceful. To make matters worse, the planned 400-500 home estate has simply not materialised and the few that have been built just off London near the Hatters Lane roundabout are out to council tenants.

Get this everyone: it is relatively easy to get a one way valve fitted to the main waste pipe from your home, so that in the event of flooding the sewage cannot back up into your home and flood from your toilet pan. However, the Government is currently working in conjunction with the sewage treatment providers in order to ban such valves becasue the providers will not be able to cope with the overflow at their sites! My advice, get a one way valve fitted now before it is banned, word in the local plumbing community is that Chequers was fitted out with one this week...crafty Cameron eh!
Dickitdo, some good points. The sewage treatment works at the Marsh was a crown jewel for HW, and handing the land to a housebuilder was disgraceful. To make matters worse, the planned 400-500 home estate has simply not materialised and the few that have been built just off London near the Hatters Lane roundabout are out to council tenants. Get this everyone: it is relatively easy to get a one way valve fitted to the main waste pipe from your home, so that in the event of flooding the sewage cannot back up into your home and flood from your toilet pan. However, the Government is currently working in conjunction with the sewage treatment providers in order to ban such valves becasue the providers will not be able to cope with the overflow at their sites! My advice, get a one way valve fitted now before it is banned, word in the local plumbing community is that Chequers was fitted out with one this week...crafty Cameron eh! MunsterX
  • Score: 15

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