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Lake pollution warning for residents

Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Residents whose homes are in the water catchment area of a popular Enfield beauty spot are being urged to check they are not inadvertently polluting the lake and stream there.

Pymmes Park Lake and Pymmes Brook in Edmonton is showing signs of pollution, believed to be from the waste water from toilets, baths, showers, washing machines and other appliances misconnected to surface water drains in residential properties, which drain into the lake. So Enfield Council is delivering leaflets to householders who live in the area warning them to check they aren’t contributing to the environmental damage.

The Friends of Albany Park have also been delivering leaflets to homes around Albany Park advising residents of the importance of avoiding misconnections affecting Turkey Brook.

The Environment Agency are responsible for enforcement of pollution in lakes, streams and rivers and work with water companies such as Thames Water if the misconnections are from their system.

Misconnections into the water company’s surface water drainage system are investigated by the relevant water company which also encourages people to connect properly. If they do not the water companies pass the details to Enfield Council who serve enforcement notices and prosecute if needed.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “ We know some homes are discharging sewage and all sort of other nasties directly into Pymmes Park Lake and we need to put a stop to it.

“We want residents to check their drains, waste water and sewage pipes are properly connected and if they aren’t to put them right. We’re trying to be a responsible council and resolve this amicably but if we can’t achieve that we will be forced to prosecute the people responsible for polluting the brook, and the lake.

“Our main aim is to get the problem sorted, preferably without anyone being dragged through the courts, but if residents wilfully refuse to sort their plumbing out they could face a summons.“

Leaflets sent to residents will advise them to:
1. Check their drains and make sure they are correctly connected
2. Connect toilets, sinks, baths, washing machines and dishwashers to wastewater sewage when improving their house
3. Dispose of chemicals, paint and motor oil at their local household waste site
4. Ask surveyors to report on wrong connections if buying a house
5. Dispose of fat and oil in the bin, not down the sink
6. Don’t put cooking fat, oil, paint, chemicals or detergent down drains
7. Don’t put items such as nappies, cotton buds, wet wipes, razors, tampons and syringes down the toilet – bag it and bin it instead.

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