WATER palaver! A leak at a local canal bridge looks set to remain for a while longer after Severn Trent Water admitted it is struggling to resolve the problem.
Water has been flowing from the wall of the structure, in High Street, Solihull Lodge, since around May last year.
Despite Severn Trent carrying out major excavation work at the site, water bosses say they have still not found a way to fix the troublesome trickle.
A Severn Trent spokeswoman this week apologised for the time taken to fix the leak and said they are trying to find a way to fix the problem without having to cut off the main water supply.
The spokeswoman added: “Unfortunately we have had to make the decision not to repair the leak as quickly as we would like to as to do so we would have to turn off the water supply around the leak to allow the work to go ahead.
“Turning off the supply here would actually then affect approximately 45,000 properties.
“The risk to shutting off the main is huge as there is a risk that our customers could experience low pressure and discolouration of their water and there is also the risk that closing off the main would cause pressure changes in the system and result in subsequent bursts and loss of supply to customers.
“We are currently looking into options to allow us to shut off the main without affecting our customers including looking at new technologies to repair the leak without turning the water off.”
Local resident Barry Avery spotted the problem last year. He said: “As of today the water is still coming out the bridge. It must be going into millions of gallons now wasted.”