Similar to the Yellow River in China, Wombourne’s brook, the Wom had assumed an orange tinge this morning! The direct cause of this was orange/red_flood_ water, stemming from a burst water main on Greenhill (see above photo).. Residents of Wombourne will know that red sand can be found in abundance beneath the ground in this part of the village, and the burst water main simply washed a considerable amount of the red sand down the hill towards the storm drains that empty into the Wom. (This photo was taken facing a southerly direction, with the narrow road bridge over the Wom directly behind the photographer).
Sadly it is inevitable that litter and larger objects such as broken bikes, disused cylinders of gas and more worryingly empty black liquid chemical containers are discarded into the Brook. Before now well-meaning locals have removed plastic petrol cans from the water, but often by then fuel from the containers has already found its way into the Brook, thus polluting the water, and introducing dangerous substances to the water environment that will ultimately affect the wildlife within, often with fatal results.
Nick jokingly mentioned a few days ago that he didn_t believe that anything could survive in the water-in the past this may not have been the case, as I recall children catching small fish. in there some 10 years ago.
Hopefully the planned future survey of the Wom Brook_s local flora and fauna (to be conducted by the South Staffordshire District Council ) will provide an indicator of the _health_ of the Brook.
A regular if slightly worrying sight in the Wom, mid-way between the’western’ foot bridge and the road bridge which forms the boundary of Wombourne Park, is the regular occurrence of foam. There must be a local drain emptying into the brook at this point.
Hopefully the aquatic life won’t be too adversely affected by it.