Because it flows by way of East Barnet, Pymmes Brook sometimes provides north London a bucolic really feel. At factors, this tributary of the Lea river winds its method by way of patches of parkland and forest. At one nice and grassy spot, a big willow stoops over the water.
There may be, nevertheless, one thing nasty lurking below the floor: as a result of homes within the neighbourhood haven’t had their bathrooms linked to the sewage system correctly, Pymmes Brook has successfully grow to be an open sewer.
Underneath the willow, an outlet flows into the tributary. This pipe is barely supposed to hold rainwater that flows off roads and gutters. As a result of bathrooms flush into this “floor water” system, the outlet regularly releases very excessive ranges of faecal micro organism. These bugs, which ought to have been