Residents lose water in Merivale
About 20 households in Merivale will be without water for at least four hours after contractors accidentally broke a water main.
Workers contracted by internet provider Enable, which is owned by the Christchurch City Council, were drilling the ground to lay down ultra fast broadband when they struck a water main on the corner of Heaton and Circuit Sts.
Resident David Lynch said at its worst the water was about 60cm deep at the sides of the road, and residents were worried the water might enter their houses.
"Although the geyser was not particularly high, the volume of water flooded the road. But our storm water drainage system is obviously working in this area because the water's not a problem any more."