Sewage problems in Theale

The issue:

The Lambfields site in Theale has for a number of years had problems with sewers flooding, which has required large tankers to park for long periods of time and pump sewage out. During wet weather, some roads in Theale were affected by sewage flooding and some properties also suffered sewage back-ups.

Achievements to date:

Alok has lobbied Thames Water for action to resolve the flooding issues caused by blocked pipes and old pumping equipment.

Alok held two public meetings for residents to receive updates on works with Thames Water.

Thames water agreed to carry out works including:

  • Upgrade the pumping station to increase the efficiency of the existing pumps, which should reduce the need to rely on tankers
  • Provide special sealing plates on manhole covers to divert surface rainwater from waste water system to prevent the sewers from overflowing
  • Clear any pipes that are known to be blocked
  • Carry out a CCTV survey to identify any further problems or defects in the pipe system

Alok says:

“Having your home flooded with sewage is absolutely dreadful, so I am delighted that after several years of suffering, residents will get some relief from the sewage tankers and work is being done to prevent flooding from occurring in the future. I will continue to make sure that the right level of investment from Thames Water goes into improving the sewage system in Theale.”

Sewage problems in Theale: In the Press