Water palava! Leak is fixed for the last time

A burst water main has starting flooding Michael Piggott's property at Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd, it then flows through onto a public walkway on the estate

A burst water main has starting flooding Michael Piggott's property at Nest Estate, Mytholmroyd, it then flows through onto a public walkway on the estate

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A BURST water pipe which left a garden under water for six days has been repaired.

Residents Mick Piggott and Jean Williams had their lawn submerged after a leak beneath their land caused water to pour out of the ground.

The pipes running around Nest Estate in Mytholmroyd are though to be around 75 years old, and have been repaired several times in recent years.

Initially Yorkshire Water refused to repair the leak because it was a private pipe, and therefore not the company’s responsibility.

Pennine Housing, which owns around half of the 100 homes served by the pipe, also refused to pay for the work because the couple own their home.

However, after negotiations between the two parties, Yorkshire Water agreed to send an engineer to repair the leak for free.

The firm said it did the work as a gesture of good-will to the residents - but warned that this would be the last time they would repair the pipe at their expense.

Engineers arrived on Wednesday to repair the leak by clamping a sleeve over the pipe work to stop the leak.

Now Pennine Housing says it will enter negotiations with residents in privately owned homes on the estate to come to find a long term solution to the problem.

One suggestion is that residents could be asked to put money into a fund to try and get the pipe replaced permanently.

Lindsey Merifield, from Pennine Housing, said: “We do have plans to consult with everyone on the estate to see what can be done to address this if it happens again.”

Mr Piggott said he was pleased that Yorkshire Water had agreed to stop the leak.

“We would like to thank Yorkshire Water for coming on board and agreeing to arrange and pay for yet another temporary repair,” he said.

“We lost a lot of soil that was washed away, so the hole is not completely filled in, and they’ll be back to finish the job with replacement soil and to replace the grass sods on top.

“We’re very pleased with the job the contractors have done,” he said.

On the suggestion that all residents could contribute towards the cost of getting the pipe replaced, Mr Piggott said: “It would not be hugely expensive if the cost was shared equally between all homes.

“If it is not replaced, individual patching-up could be required at any property at any time, and such a repair will be expensive to the owner on whose property it takes place.”