Water main bursts in central city

JESSICA RAPANA
Last updated 16:44 07/07/2014
Water main
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UNEXPECTED: The pipe burst in two places, causing flooding along Gloucester Street.

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A water main on Gloucester Street burst at approximately 3.30pm today, causing a geyer to shoot as high as the six floors of the nearby Press building.

The pipe's gibbult joint collapsed from pressure after it was exposed, in preparation for raising the water main and putting in a new sewer pipe.

The rupture was ''fully unexpected'', Tru-Line Civil foreman Hayden Powell said.

''It sounded like a shotgun."

Powell confirmed no one was injured, but there had been ''a few frights''.

The pipe had burst in two places, causing flooding along Gloucester Street.

However, no shops on Gloucester Street or nearby New Regent Street were affected, Powell said.

City Care had arrived shortly after and managed to turn the water supply off. 

The water supply was likely to be working again in a couple of hours, Powell said.

The incident would set back the sewer installation process about a day.

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- The Press

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