FRIDAY 13th proved lucky for Severn Trent, as it was that day this month that the water authority finally plugged a leak that had been troubling them for ten months.
Repairs have been completed at the bridge in High Street, Solihull Lodge, following a succession of botched attempts.
Engineering problems, health and safety concerns and vandalism at the road works installed at the site hampered the company’s progress.
But in spite of the torrent being stemmed, frustrated residents wonder just how muchwater has been wasted since the problem arose last summer.
This week a water company spokeswoman stressed the water company takeswater wastage ‘extremely seriously.’ She added: “The repair was completed on Friday, April 13, and backfilled and reinstated on the Sunday.
“Unfortunately we still have some reinstatement work to complete – there are five patches in the footway, sinkage in the carriageway and some work to be done on the canal footpath.
“This work will be completed in the next month using stop and go boards.”
Local resident, Barry Avery, said: “After almost 11 months and wasting around ten million gallons of drinking water Severn Trent has actually managed to stop the water leak. Let’s all now hopethat we don’t have to pay forall this waste in the form a rise in our water rates this year.”