Mum-of-three claims rotting RAT in water tank caused her kids' four-year diarrhoea battle

A MUM-OF-THREE claims her children were left vomiting and suffering diarrhoea for four years because of a rotting RAT in her water tank.

Serene Dixon, 37, was mortified when her plumber explained the tank was without a lid since they first moved to the council property in 2017.

They found a decaying carcass of a rodent floating in the tank, which she believes contaminated her family’s bathing water and made them sick.

Her teenage son and two young daughters have been consistently vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea since they moved to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council property four years ago.

Ms Dixon says that she believes her undiagnosed bowel condition was also brought on by the water becoming infected by the dead animal.

She told MyLondon: “It was only found because we had a plumber visit to fix a problem with our toilet.

“He told me he was going to look at the water tank, I heard an almighty scream.

“I asked if he was okay and he was shouting back ‘I can say what it is. It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting."

The carcass was so decayed that she could not tell if it was a dead rat or a squirrel.

Ms Dixon said: “I didn’t know what to say. This is an animal that’s been destroyed by the water. It doesn’t have a face and it’s all mangled. It makes me feel ill just thinking about it."

She explained that her son has been having diarrhoea “and the youngest of the girls have been vomiting before bed”.

She said: “I have a bowel issue that I’m having to take very heavy doses of pain medication for.

"My doctors have had to take six different tests to work out what it is.”

The mum-of-three also has mobility issues, which prevent her from accessing her loft, but claims she would regularly hear squirrels and birds in there.


She said: “The loft has been an issue because you could hear animals fighting and running around. They sent pest control in 2019 and they killed three squirrels, but the holes were never blocked up.”

The council, which Ms Dixon use to work for as an anti-social behaviour manager, has also been made aware of a crack in a wall where mice and rats crawl through to the kitchen.

Though there is no proof her family's illnesses are connected to the water tank, the council has issued an apology.

They have said they will be moving the family to new property while maintenance work is carried out on their home in Fulham.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re very sorry for the length of time it’s taken to make the necessary repairs to Ms Dixon’s home.

" We take maintenance issues very seriously and we’re working with Ms Dixon to complete all the repairs as soon as possible.

“So far, we’ve completely replaced her pipework and connected her to the main water network so she will not need a water tank in future.

"She is also set to be moved to a new home in Fulham once a suitable property becomes available.”

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