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On Sept 17 representatives of the Friends of Grovelands Park and experts with an interest in the swans and wildfowl on the lake met with representatives of Thames Water and Thames 21 to inspect the lake and discuss the quality of the water.

Over the years the lake has been plagued by pollution caused when plumbing misconnections and road run off drain foul water into the lake. Regrettably on occasions this has even included raw sewage getting into our precious clean natural water causing a hazard to both park users and the wildlife on and around the lake. This has been caused by dodgy plumbers connecting, either by carelessness or deliberately, pipes that should drain water into the sewage system into the surface water drains.

Happily currently the quality of the water is very good and Thames Water are testing every week and have a big programme underway to inspect and check plumbing connections in the Bourne Hill area. If you live in a house on that side of the park please check to ensure that your washing machine or the shower in a loft conversion is not draining into the surface water system.

On Thursday 21st October Thames21 have pencilled in a volunteer day at Grovelands to do some vegetation management in the wetland areas and along the stream. They will advertise the event to their regular volunteers but any support we could drum up would also be much appreciated. So put on your wellies and be in the park between 11 am and 3 pm on October 21st to help keep our water clear and clean and running well.