Water gushes from burst pipe

THIS council worker wasn’t at the latest attraction at Wet ’n Wild on the Gold Coast yesterday.

He was on Agnes Street in Rockhampton where a burst water pipe was causing plenty of drama near the Girls Grammar School.

Gushing water rushed down the road after the main burst around 7.30am.

It took council most of the day to repair the broken 225mm water main.

Rockhampton Regional Council said it was the dry ground that caused the main to burst.

Chair of council’s water committee, Cr Greg Belz, said the dry conditions with underground soil movements were some of the worst for Rockhampton in many years.

Cr Belz said there were “no serious issues” with water mains in the region.

“There will always be breaks in pipelines from time to time and these can be caused by a number of factors including drought periods and other ground movements,” he said.

Cr Belz said Rockhampton had some of the best standards in Australia when it came to reducing water loss through infrastructure breaks or leaks.

He said Rockhampton residents would have seen “far fewer water main breaks now than five years ago”.

If there is a water main break that will affect residents, council’s policy is to contact people as soon as they can.



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