Welwyn Garden City man advertises "Welwyn Spring" to get leak fixed

PUBLISHED: 13:18 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:18 17 July 2018

Colin's sign. Picture: Colin Fitch

Colin's sign. Picture: Colin Fitch

Colin Fitch

A Welwyn Garden City man's unusual protest has prompted a water company to fix a leaky hydrant after six months of delay.

The puddle, which in this drought has created 'the greenest patch of grass in Welwyn Garden'. Picture: Colin FitchThe puddle, which in this drought has created 'the greenest patch of grass in Welwyn Garden'. Picture: Colin Fitch

After a cold snap in February, a fire hydrant on Bakers Grove burst and began to leak.

Colin Fitch noticed that by mid-May, it was still there as a frozen puddle and a possible hazard, so he contacted Affinity Water.

Despite promises to send a technician within a week, the leak was still there today (July 17).

Now, the stream of water coming from the hydrant has green algae and, in the summer heat, the verge is “the greenest bit of grass in Welwyn Garden,” said Colin.

Colin's sign described the scene as 'Money down the drain!'. Picture: Colin FitchColin's sign described the scene as 'Money down the drain!'. Picture: Colin Fitch

So on Monday Colin decided to draw attention to the problem in his own unique style, and put up a sign advertising the “Welwyn Spring!”

The sign continues: “Natural Spring Water F.O.C. [free of charge]

“Money down the drain! [...]

“Del Boy business opportunity!”

A hydrant on Bakers Grove has been leaking for six months. Picture: Colin FitchA hydrant on Bakers Grove has been leaking for six months. Picture: Colin Fitch

Prompted by the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ enquiry about the sign, Affinity Water confirmed it is sending a technician today.

A spokesperson said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the delay in repairing a leaking fire hydrant on Bakers Grove in Welwyn Garden City.

“Our technicians are carrying out a repair, which should be finished today.”

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