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Anglian Water faces questions from the Consumer Council for Water over flooding in Rippingale

A consumer group has taken up the fight to rid a village of overflowing sewage.

Residents in Rippingale have complained to Anglian Water and MP Gareth Davies about the overflowing sewers which are blighting the village.

The parish council reported the problem to the Consumer Council for Water after residents grew tired of walking through dirty water littered with condoms and sanitary towels.

Rippingale is awash with sewage (44047393)
Rippingale is awash with sewage (44047393)

Policy manager at the Consumer Council for Water, Steve Grebby, has approached Anglian Water for information to help understand what steps the company has already taken to resolve the issue and its long-term plans.

He said: “The threat of more intense rainfall and storms due to climate change has been ramping up the pressure on our sewer and drainage system, which is why we’ve been pressing water companies to invest more in strengthening their network.

"There is a danger that things will get worse for villagers in the future unless Anglian Water and other partner organisations work together to find a sustainable solution.

Rippingale is awash with sewage during heavy rain
Rippingale is awash with sewage during heavy rain

“We’re trying to inject some urgency into resolving this issue for residents and have challenged Anglian Water to explain what investigations it has already carried out and the plans it has in the immediate and longer term to protect the local environment and people from the threat of flooding.”

Anglian Water said the flooding problem stems from drainage systems not being designed to cope with heavy rainfall or water spilling over from rivers which have burst their banks.

The company said it works with councils, private drainage companies and the Environment Agency to address such issues.

Chairman of Rippingale Parish Council, Chris Charlton, said depending on the outcome of the complaint to the water council, the issue could be reported to the government’s Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Villagers say the flooding has been a regular problem in Rippingale for more than 20 years but seems to be getting worse every winter.

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