Are you accidentally polluting Houndsden Stream?

on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in N21 Community

Dear N21 Resident

 

Are you accidentally polluting Houndsden Stream?

It's your legal duty to check

 


This is the outflow into the Houndsden Stream at the Spinney


Sometimes it runs with polluted water from toilets and washing machines, killing the stream. This pipe takes rainwater from 74 houses on Eversley Crescent, Green Dragon Lane, Maplin Close and Wades Hill. Is your house is one of them?. Even if you live elsewhere, this could still be a problem,up to 10% of houses in Londom have misconnections, polluting a local stream or river,  so please check your house for plumbing misconnections. 


The rainwater from roads and roofs flows directly into your local stream. Dishwashers, showers, washing machines and toilets should be connected into the foul sewer which leads to the sewage treatment works. Sometimes they are accidentally connected into these rain drains instead. When these plumbing misconnections happen your local stream is polluted. It smells and looks unpleasant and wildlife cannot thrive. Please check to see if your plumbing is misconnected and you are accidentally polluting the stream. It is your legal duty to do this, and rectify the misconnection if you find one.

 

We are an independent waterways charity raising awareness of plumbing misconnections as part of our Love the Lea campaign for clean rivers in East London. The Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge is part of this campaign; a project to highlight how we can protect our rivers by creating natural buffers to filter pollutants. We are restoring the wet woodland in the Spinney on Houndsden Rd to naturally clean the water in the Houndsden Stream, hence our particular interest in this misconnected pipe.

 

We are very happy to help you check whether you are accidentally polluting the river.  We can come and have a look at your plumbing to see if we can identify a misconnection and give you further information on protecting your local streams and rivers. Thames Water will also be pursuing this misconnection in the future.

 

You can also get more information and advice on how to check for misconnections:

 

Visit: www.connectright.org.uk

 

Contact: Charles Le Besque, Principal Environmental Health Officer at Enfield Council on 0208 379 1000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information please contact me on the details below. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and check your house.

 

Kind regards,

Aimee Felus

Salmons Brook Healthy River Challenge Project Manager

Thames21

Registered charity number: 1103997

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T: 0207 0936 382 M: 07554 402727

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Its your legal duty to check. This is the outflow into the Houndsden Stream at the Spinney

Sometimes it runs with polluted water from toilets and washing machines, killing the stream.

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