Jamile Hussain should be the envy of the country during the heatwave with a massive expanse of water at his home.
But he is fuming because his back garden has been flooded for 13 years.
Homeowner Jamile, aged 34, has been forced to live at his brother’s house for four years with his wife and children as the water steadily took over his garden.
And he has been dealt a blow in his efforts to fix the problem – because of a colony of protected newts.
His house in Kimberworth has become uninhabitable and he, his wife of 17 years Zenib, 37, and two young children, son Fahad, eight, and daughter Sabai, four, now live in his brother Shafique’s house down the street.
Jamile believes the water is coming from a drain on council-owned property next door.
Jamile, a self-employed taxi driver, said: “There is an outcry for more water this summer because of the great weather but I have just about had enough of it.
“I’m really lucky that my house is raised from the garden and I haven’t been flooded. I want the council to either fix the problem or pay me out, as I am still paying for the property even when it is not fit to live in.”
A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council said they were not aware of any drain on the site.
She said: “To the back of Mr Hussain’s garden lies a natural low lying area where water collects at the bottom of a steep incline.
“This has resulted in a natural habitat for local wildlife, including great crested newts which are protected by law.
“However, as the newts require access to the pond and to Mr Hussain’s garden – any viable options for either infilling the pond, removing the newts, or building an obstruction would likely be in breach of the law.
“We are currently looking into the feasibility of applying for a European Species Licence to rehome the newts.”