Council flat mum forced to tip buckets of sewage out window after horror plumbing problem

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Sigita Jur used a bucket to scoop dirty water from the bathroom and sink of her Leeds home. Ms Jur, who lives in the city’s Wortley Towers, faced the plumbing problem at around 5am on Wednesday when water and sewage began pouring from the toilets and sink of two flats in the block.

The mother told Leeds Live: “In my flat I had sewage coming in the bathroom and in the kitchen.

“The toilet at the beginning was blocked but at least nothing was coming out of it.

“In her [neighbour’s] apartment, everything was coming out so her bath was full of sewage.

“Everything was coming through the toilet and through the kitchen sink.

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“She didn’t even have any chance to clean up and get rid of it, that’s why she was using the window.”

“I’m not joking, she’s on the eighth floor and she had to get rid of the sewage through a window.”

According to Leeds Live, Ms Jur and her neighbour informed Leeds City Council about their plumbing problem.

However, the regional paper also reports the pair spent much of Wednesday and Thursday unable to convince the council their problem was urgent.

Engineers arrived at Wortley Towers to fix the problem on Thursday afternoon.

Ms Jur said: “It’s just too much.

“She has two kids, a one-year-old and a six-year-old, then she had a C-section so she should not be lifting like that, the sewage through the window, all day and night non-stop.

“I have an elderly mum who has epilepsy and breathing conditions, so we’ve been dealing with a lot.

“We had to almost scream on every possible way to get something sorted out and to our surprise it’s been sorted.

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“I’m sorry but it could have been done before without screaming and without causing these issues and without affecting our health.”

Leeds Council has since apologised for the delay in fixing the flat’s plumbing problem.

“Residents at Wortley Towers reported a blockage to the council and we were able to resolve this on Thursday, October 28, in the afternoon; a clean-up operation has followed to ensure that all damage and disturbance caused by the incident is put right,” a spokesperson said.

“We are extremely sorry to all the residents who were effected and have spoken to those directly affected in person to offer our apologies and ensure that the disturbance to their homes has been satisfactorily put right.

“Unfortunately some delays did occur in resolving the blockage. We are reviewing the incident to ensure that we identify any lessons learned.”

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