Wannon Water repair water main after East Warrnambool pipe bursts

DOWN THE DRAIN: A worker tries to stem the water flow from a burst main at the intersection of Simpson St and Bostock St on Sunday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

DOWN THE DRAIN: A worker tries to stem the water flow from a burst main at the intersection of Simpson St and Bostock St on Sunday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

THERE wasn’t a raincloud in sight on Sunday, but a section of East Warrnambool copped a drenching on Sunday afternoon.

A burst water main sent Wannon Water crews scurrying to the corner of Simpson and Bostock streets shortly after noon.

The maintenance workers isolated the water main, limiting the impact to about 14 properties, a Wannon Water spokesperson said.

Those properties remained without water until about 5.30pm when the pipe was repaired and the water supply could be restored.

The rupture, which took place south of the railway bridge on Simpson Street, lifted part of the nature strip and nearby footpath.

The spokesperson said the water pipes burst “for a range of reasons”.

“In this case, it was most likely due to the age of the main that extends along Simpson Street,” the spokesperson said.

“Wannon Water is investing $1.4 million in replacing ageing water pipes across the region in the 2017/18 financial year. We’re planning to spend a further $6.2 million on water main replacements over the following five years.”

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