West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for urgent action from United Utilities and Local Authorities after finding a constituent is having to pump 8640 litres of freshwater a day out of his garden due to a mysterious flood.
Rosie’s constituent, Alan Ball of Felstead, Skelmersdale, told Rosie that almost overnight his garden became flooded, despite there not being any significant increase in rainfall. After digging a ditch to try and find the source, he realised the water was seeping up from the ground at an unbelievable rate, requiring him to set up a constant pumping system to prevent his garden becoming fully submerged.
Despite asking United Utilities and the Local Authorities to find and fix the source of the leak, three months after the flooding started, he is no closer to finding a resolution and getting his garden back.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“When I visited Alan’s house, I was astounded. He effectively has a small river now running through his garden, and yet United Utilities and the Local Authorities have not found or fixed the problem. They have fixed some other leaks but the water keeps coming.
“Through no fault of his own, my constituent has had his garden reduced to a marshland and has to have a pump running 24/7 removing 8640 litres of water a day! Alan has been having to do this for 3 months, whilst the country has faced droughts. That’s about 750,000 litres of wasted fresh water for him alone and his neighbour has a pump too!
“This is just not good enough. United Utilities should be investigating whether it is one of their pipes and the councils must investigate whether this is their responsibility. Instead, they are all leaving it for my constituents to just carry-on pumping water out.
“UU should have teams working urgently to stop this waste of much needed water. Enough is enough.”