Dundee residents physically sick after ‘sea of human waste’ comes through pipes in their homes

Carol Kilburn and neighbour Gail Taylor at their homes on Dens Road
Carol Kilburn and neighbour Gail Taylor at their homes on Dens Road

Resident on a city street have been physically sick after a “sea of human waste” came through the pipes in their homes.

Carol Kilburn and neighbour Gail Taylor say they have had enough of the disgusting problem in their Dens Road properties.

Waste has also been running down the side of the building and into the garden

The sludge has seeped through the pipes over the last two weeks and homes have been left stinking as a result.

The pair have contacted their landlords, the environmental health department and Scottish Water about the issue.

The problem is not only in the flats, with the waste also running down the side of the building and into the garden.

Carol said: “There have been issues with the main drain and pipe system at the back. It’s a sea of human waste.

“The pipes connect the properties at numbers 79, 81, 83 and 85.

“The water and diarrhoea substance has been coming up through the kitchen sink and the bath. You can actually hear it moving through the system.”

Carol added: “It’s reached the stage now where I’m not prepared to cook meals in my own home.

“We’ve had family over to visit and they’ve been physically sick with the smell.”

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “In response to reports from customers experiencing sewage backing up within tenement flats on Dens Road, our sewer response team has attended and investigated.

“The problem has been found to be within the building’s private drains which are the joint responsibility of the owners of the flats.

“We have provided advice to customers and to Dundee City Council to assist in getting the matter resolved.

“We appreciate that the situation is very unpleasant for the customers affected. The work to resolve the problem in this case needs to be carried out by a plumber working on behalf of the owners of the flats.”

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