Sewage could kill my children

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A FATHER-OF-SIX fears his children could become seriously ill after their garden was flooded with sewage.

Just a few weeks ago, Bill Pellow watched as his German Shepherd died from Weil’s Disease, which can be as a result of being in contact with water infected with rat urine.

Now he is worried that his children, aged from two to 18, may have contracted the disease, which can result in kidney failure and death.

Mr Pellow, of Gypsy Lane, Shepeau Stow, said: “The septic tank in the garden has been backing up into the house and coming up into the dishwasher.

“This has been going on for a couple of months and it’s just a nightmare and I am close to a breakdown.

“I am not sleeping and I haven’t been able to work because I am having to pump sewage out all the time.

“My garden looks like the Battle of the Somme and the kids haven’t been able to go out there.

“Just a few weeks ago my dog died and tests showed it was Weil’s Disease, which could be from drinking contaminated water.

“Now I’ve been told that I should get my kids bloodtested to make sure they haven’t got it.”

Mr Pellow, who is self-employed doing outside rendering and decoration, has called in South Holland Internal Drainage Board and the Environment Agency in an attempt to resolve the problem, but fears he will be stuck with the problem until the summer when the natural water table levels drop and could face the same nightmare next winter when bad weather returns.

Karl Vines, who works for the internal drainage board, has visited Mr Pellow.

He said it was a complicated problem and although it is not directly a board problem, he is investigating.

He said: “Mr Pellow has made us aware of his problems and I sympathise with his situation.

“The board’s drainage system in the vicinity is functioning adequately and as such there is little the board can do directly to solve his problems.

“However, we are doing all that we possibly can to work with other residents in the locality to provide a sustainable solution that will improve the privately maintained drainage system.

“Hopefully as the summer approaches the water table will drop and it could be that a drop of just six inches will resolve Mr Pellow’s problems.”

But Mr Pellow says he cannot wait until the summer and is considering a civil court action to resolve the problem, which he believes is the result of a pond being dug last summer on neighbouring land.

“I didn’t want to take court action because it could cost thousands and go on for years, but no-one seems to care.”