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Water leak in Cambridgeshire road ‘slowly turning into lake’ as county prepares for drought

A water leak in Sawston has caused problems for residents, who have had to deal with giant puddles despite being told to conserve water.

Cambridge Water Company initially responded to the leak, on the edge of Sunderland Avenue, on Saturday morning, after it was discovered on Friday (July 13).

However, homeowners have expressed frustration as the situation has only continued to get worse since then.

Jean Surridge, who lives in Sunderland Avenue, told Cambridgeshire Live: "We called up last Friday when the leak was just trickling. They sent an engineer down to take a look at the valve switch – and since then, the water has been pouring out at an even faster rate.

"We have to pay for water, with Cambridge Water Company telling us not to waste it as we should be conserving water during the hot weather, and here it is going to waste.

"Everybody on the street is complaining – it's slowly turning into a lake, and the only person who is enjoying it is my dog. He loves the big puddles, but he's the only thing on the street that does."

There is a massive puddle on the road outside Jean Surridge's house in Sunderlands Avenue

Christine Johnson echoed Jean's concerns, saying: "We were told on Friday that this would be fixed within 48 hours – it's now Wednesday and they've shown no sign that they're interested in coming to get the job done.

"I don't live close to the flooded area and only pass it as I drive to work, but it's the principle. We have been told not to waste water due to the drought coming, and what started as a little leak has turned into an endless stream – and there's no indication they're coming to fix the mess that's wasting the most water of all."

Residents have expressed frustration

A Cambridge Water Company spokesperson said: "Cambridge Water carried out a site inspection on Sunderland Avenue, Sawston on Saturday 14 July and located a leak in the area. We are now working with Cambridge City Council to ensure the correct permits are in place before the highway can be excavated, and the leak repaired."

After originally planning to wait until Friday (July 20) to fix the leak, a Cambridge Water spokesperson called Cambridgeshire Live to confirm that they were now treating the leak as an emergency, and aimed to fix the issue as soon as possible.

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