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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
Water company denies sewage claim
Resident's photograph of the flood
Flooding covered half of the pitch, the water company said
A faulty valve on a storm tank which led to flooding on a football pitch has been rectified, a water firm has said.

Residents complained that raw sewage leaked on to the pitch in Farm Road, Esher, Surrey, last week, but Thames Water said it was largely rain water.

The company said on Thursday there was some partially-treated waste water in the flood, but no health risk.

It also denied claims that it was a recurrent problem, saying it was a one-off event that lasted "hours".

"Any bacteria would have broken up naturally in the sunlight," a spokesman said.

He said: "We had an intense period of heavy rainfall.

'Stink of effluence'

"A faulty valve on a storm tank led to flooding on the local pitch which was shallow and dropped within hours."

He said the company had written to residents and maintained close contact with the council after the flood, which happened overnight from 19 to 20 October.

And he said the Environment Agency was not involved, after Mick Moriarty, resident and chairman of the Lower Green Football Club, called for answers from the agency officials.

Mr Moriarty, who organised a residents' protest at the Farm Road Sewage Treatment Works on Wednesday, said residents had been unable to get answers.

He claimed it was the second occasion of raw sewage pouring on to the recreation ground in a matter of weeks.

He said the recreation ground still stank of effluent at midday on Sunday, causing health fears among residents.

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