Four-hour repair job for burst water pipe

WATER HOLE: The burst pipe in Appin Street took four hours to repair.

A BROKEN water main (pictured right) created a steady flow of water in Appin Street yesterday, ahead of the mid-morning thunderstorm.

Brad Willis, North East Water manager customer engagement and communications, said staff replaced a four metre section of pipe opposite the street’s shopping strip, and were forced to stop midway through the four hour repair due to heavy rain and storm activity.

Supply to about 10 customers was affected during the repair, and a number of water mains in the area needed to be flushed to clear dirty water.

Broken water main incidents are most common during the summer months, when the ground can dry out, causing pipe movement and associated pipe damage.

Meanwhile, firefighters responded to a number of incidents after yesterday’s morning storm.

The CFA was called to small grassfires at Laceby, Boweya and Bobinawarrah, quickly bringing the blazes under control.

Later in the afternoon, they responded to another two small fires at South Wangaratta and Glenrowan, again extinguishing them in a short time.

Rural City of Wangaratta council was also busy cleaning up fallen trees yesterday morning.

Director of infrastructure services, Alan Clarke, said staff responded to two fallen trees at Laceby, one at Wangaratta and another at Killawarra.

He said no damage was caused at any of the four sites.

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