After years of problems, a sewer in Chorleywood is being upgraded, much to the relief of residents.
After heavy rain, the sewer on Whitelands Avenue had repeatedly overflowed and caused raw sewage to seep into residents’ gardens. Dozens of complaints were lodged over several years.
Heavy and sudden rainfall, combined with a back-up of sewage repeatedly lifting domestic drain covers, has meant the problem had become progressively worse.
Following a number of incidents, last year Thames Water installed a blockage monitor in Whitelands Avenue which would help them take pre-emptive action before a blockage led to overspill in houses and gardens.
Now, works are taking place to upgrade the sewer to prevent these problems from occurring.
Jane Tozer, from Chorleywood Residents’ Association, said: “They are finally replacing the sewer along Whitelands Avenue. It’s a big job but it will stop people on the railway side of the road from finding poo in their gardens when it rains a lot!”
A Thames Water spokesperson said: “We are currently carrying out a sewer upgrade on Whitelands Avenue in Chorleywood.
“Work is expected to be completed within the next four weeks during which time a road closure and diversion will be in place.
“We are sorry to those who have been affected by flooding in the past. Following extensive public consultation, our co-created Drainage and Wastewater Management Plan 2025-50 sets out an innovative long-term approach to protecting the environment and reduce the risk of sewer flooding to homes.”