An exasperated elderly couple in poor health living in the lower Teifi Valley village of Llandygwydd have held a party at their home to mark the second anniversary of a water leak that has made their garden a no-go area due to flooding.

Dave Farmer, aged 73, and his 70-year-old wife Brenda, who live on the Bro Tygwydd estate, say they cannot get satisfaction from Dwr Cymru and their local Ceredigion county councillor Lyndon Lloyd is pressing for action.

According to Dwr Cymru the problem involves a private supply pipe which is the responsibility of the original builder, and the water company claims to have shown goodwill by attempting to locate the leak without success.

Not knowing what to do next, the couple publicised their plight at the weekend by holding an anniversary party and their 14-year-old granddaughter baked them a cake.

Told that Dwr Cymru was denying responsibility for the leak, Mr Farmer said: “If that is the case then perhaps they are also claiming it is not their water.”

After consulting an engineering expert on the matter, Mr Farmer said: “It is estimated that Welsh Water is losing 95.6 metres of water per minute and over two years that is enough to fill 40 Olympic swimming pools or the Principality rugby stadium in Cardiff.

“We have continually asked the company for help but we can’t get anywhere,” he said.

Cllr Lloyd said: “You see Welsh Water advertising on TV urging people to report leaks, but I’m afraid they are not playing the game in this case and if the situation continues I will go to the very top.

"This has got to be resolved as a matter of urgency.”

A Dwr Cymru spokeswoman said: “We were unable to locate the leak, which has in all probability been built over.”