Leaking pipe repaired after six-week wait

A COUPLE who have waited six weeks for a leak outside their house to be fixed has finally had it dealt with. Janet Macrae and her partner Roy Parkinson from Nene Road, Huntingdon, were concerned for the safety of mothers and young children passing their

A COUPLE who have waited six weeks for a leak outside their house to be fixed has finally had it dealt with.

Janet Macrae and her partner Roy Parkinson from Nene Road, Huntingdon, were concerned for the safety of mothers and young children passing their house in the colder weather in case the stream became frozen and they slipped over.

Janet, who is a community carer, said: "I am concerned that someone might slip over outside my house and I would feel guilty. I have noticed mothers with young children have started walking in the road to avoid having to walk through the water, which could also be dangerous.

"I'm annoyed that a leak can be allowed to run for so long, especially when people are always going on about water shortages and hose pipe bans are issued in some areas in the summer."

The water pressure is also said to have gone down in the house.

Janet added: "I'm glad I'm not paying any extra for the leaking water, I just pay £8 a week in my rent for my water but I've been told I might have to have my driveway dug up to find the source of the leak."

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The leak was reported to Anglian Water which inspected it the following day and a number of times after that but had not been able to locate the source of the leak.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: "We have visited this site on a number of occasions and the last time we visited was October 23. We had some difficulty locating the leak but we now know it to be in a six-inch main under a footpath outside 80 Nene Road and the leak has today (Tuesday) been dealt with."

The company, which was unable to say how much water had escaped from the Nene Road leak over the last six weeks said it had a priority system that enabled it to deal with reported leaks.

Anglian Water serves the needs of around six million industrial, commercial and domestic customers and has one of the lowest leakage rates in the country. It is said to deal with 3,000 leaks a month, most of them within two days of being reported.

A spokesman for landlords, the Luminus Group (formerly known as Huntingdonshire Housing Partnership) said: "We are available to give the tenant advice and support. We understand that the situation is being dealt with by Anglian Water.

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