Waterboard Torture: Sheffield residents furious as company fails to plug leak

Road works: Peggy Robinson and Bob Bocking, with the holes that have been dug up 14 times to try to find the cause of flooding.                                                                    Picture Glenn Ashley.
Road works: Peggy Robinson and Bob Bocking, with the holes that have been dug up 14 times to try to find the cause of flooding. Picture Glenn Ashley.
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WATER torture is plaguing residents in a Sheffield street - who say they have had to put up with their road being dug up no fewer than 14 times as contractors try to stop pipes from leaking.

“It just goes on forever,” said retired Peggy Robinson who lives on Dalewood Road, Beauchief, where the problem first surfaced last November.

Since then, contractors have dug up the street repeatedly to try to stop leaks - only for the water to start gushing from the surface again.

Now they are back on Dalewood Road again, where they have dug another hole at the side of the road, next door to Peggy’s home.

Each time work is carried out, residents have to put up with cones and barriers disrupting access to their drives and interruption to their water supplies.

Peggy said: “This is the 14th time they’ve dug up the road and the situation is becoming ridiculous.

“They dig a hole, repair the pipe, put the surface back, then the leak returns again. Each time they come back, they make the hole a bit bigger.

“When they returned a few days ago to make another attempt on the repair, the contractors didn’t even bring a pump and one of my neighbours had to bring them one, so the water could be pumped out as the hole was dug.

“The hole is four to five feet deep and the water had filled three feet of it.

“It wasn’t enough and we watched as one workmen got his mate’s helmet and started bailing it out.

“We got them a bucket.”

Fellow pensioner Bob Bocking, who also lives on the street, said: “We’ve lived here 40 years and have never known anything like it.

“I’m not sure what has caused the problem for certain but we had a new main installed 18 months ago and it may have come from that. It really is incredible that it is taking so long and so many attempts to fix what should be a simple problem.”

Yorkshire Water said the current leak was on a private pipe and was being carried out as a ‘goodwill gesture’.