Pollution mystery solved at Rakes Dike, Hepworth

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pollution free - rakes dikeOur Environmental Health team  have solved the mystery of a polluted stream in Hepworth.

Rakes Dike in Hepworth – is a popular spot for dog walkers and families. Unfortunately it was being polluted by raw sewage after someone had accidentally connected their sewer to a highway drainage system,  a problem commonly known as a “cross connection”.

The highway drainage system is designed to only take rainwater to the dike, but because of the cross connection raw sewage was regularly flowing into the stream.

Our officers investigated the source of the problem, but they had a huge task on their hands, literally hundreds of properties were located along the route of the highway drain.

However,  after extensive investigations they traced the source of the pollution to an unaware householder.

The officers worked with Yorkshire Water to make sure that that the homes drainage system was properly connected to the foul waste system and as a result the pollution of the stream has stopped.

Cllr Steve Hall, cabinet member for place said:

“I would like to remind residents that if they have any plumbing or building work done or fit a washing machine,  that they need to make sure that their drain is properly connected to the correct system not a surface water drain.  Simple mistakes like these can lead to significant pollution of our rivers and watercourses – which is not only damaging to the environment but also affects the experience of visitors to some of our local beauty spots. I would also like to congratulate the officers for their continued diligence in finding the cause of the pollution.”

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