Streams of sewage outside Feniton home

Gill Ewings
Image caption Gill Ewings is fed up with seeing sewage flowing next to her house

A Devon woman says she is "utterly disgusted" at regular discharges of raw sewage from a ditch into her property.

Gill Ewings' house in Feniton, east Devon, is next to a ditch that takes surface water from the village.

But after heavy rain, the ditch, which runs behind and under her house, also takes sewage from a pumping station.

South West Water (SWW) said it was improving the pumping station to "give us more time to react before the emergency overflow operates".

Mrs Ewings said she had complained to SWW, but said it was "like banging your head against a brick wall".

"They just turn around and say 'we have permission from the Environment Agency'," she said.

"This ditch is on private property and three times this week there has been sewage in it.

"South West Water should do an upgrade and renew the sewage system."

SWW said in a statement: "Later this financial year we will be starting work on a scheme to provide an additional 54 cubic metres of storm storage capacity at the pumping station.

"In the event of a failure at the pumping station, this will give us more time to react before the emergency overflow operates."

It also said further flood alleviation work in the village should relieve the pressure on the sewage system.

The Environment Agency said it was aware of the problem and was in regular contact with Mrs Ewings.

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