A LEAKING sewage pipe that was repaired with gaffer tape has still not been fixed.
The crumbling junction box on the River Holme south of Holmfirth was first reported to be broken in early 2010.
A few months later Yorkshire Water fixed the metal box in the river with sealant tape.
But in August 2010, Hinchliffe Mill resident Martin Butterworth alerted authorities that the repair had failed.
He said he had seen the rusty box at Bottoms Dam, near Burnlee, spouting foul brown water into the river while out walking his dog.
But despite the pollution risk being highlighted to the water company several times a permanent repair has still not been done.
Eighteen months on Mr Butterworth said he had seen the box overflowing again when the river became swollen during the heavy rainfall between Christmas and New Year.
He said: “I don’t regard it as an impending environmental catastrophe, it only happens when there’s heavy rain.
“But obviously they should have fixed it when it was brought to their attention before.”
A spokesman for the Yorkshire Water, said: “Yorkshire Water would like to thank local residents for bringing this matter to our attention and apologise for the delay in repairing the hatch box in the River Holme.
“An inspection on Tuesday found a further defective cover within the river near to Bottoms Dam.
“As a result, we have asked our contractor DrainsAid to arrange for a new cover for both hatch boxes and these should be replaced within the next month.
“Repairs are dependent on river levels, which at the moment are too high to enter for health and safety reasons.
“To ensure there are no further problems, we’re also arranging to walk the River Holme to identify any further hatch boxes to check their condition.”
Mr Butterworth said he was pleased to hear an inspection would take place but was annoyed at the lengthy delay.
He said: “There’s quite a lot of these boxes around here, maybe six to eight, and they have five or six bolt holes on each edge.
“But on most of them there’s only four bolts – one on each corner.
“Whether that’s sufficient to take the pressure I don’t know.
“But, it’s strange that something that’s designed to have 20 bolts is held down by four.”
To report pollution to the Environment Agency ring 0800 807060