Sheffield City Council responds to dismay over broken water bodies for two years outside the station



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Councilor Mazher Iqbal said: “The fountain in Sheaf Square has had a number of significant flaws. The first was a large leak under the pavement that we believed was leaking treated water into the Sheaf River.

“It was sorted out and found to be leaking but luckily not in the stream. There was then a fault on the main panel which was sent for replacement.

“The manufacturer’s Covid backlog has delayed this, but I’ve been told the team expects it to pick up in the next few weeks once the replacement is complete.

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Torrential rains from Storm Barra cannot hide the fact that Sheffield’s most famous water feature is still not functioning two years after it broke.

“I asked if there was a manual workaround, but unfortunately there is not as everything is computer controlled.”

The state-of-the-art stainless steel wall outside Midland Station has been supplied with water in recent days – but none have been supplied by an electric pump. The same goes for the waterfalls on the other side of the catwalk.

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In October, council chief Terry Fox said they had developed a “significant leak” in 2019 and needed to be investigated and repaired.

The state-of-the-art stainless steel wall outside Midland Station has been supplied with water in recent days – but none have been supplied by an electric pump. The same goes for the waterfall water fountain on the other side of the walkway.

The work has been affected by delays due to Covid, lengthy exploration work and power outages, he added.

In October, council chief Terry Fox said the fountain had developed a “significant lead” in 2019 and needed to be investigated and repaired.

The story was inspired by a reader who said: “There was a lot of rainwater today, but not the best welcome for visitors getting off trains in our lovely town.”

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