Firm’s blunder results in burst water main in Waterlooville

WORK Contractors who were digging holes for replacement lamp posts damaged a water main in Sylvan View, Waterlooville.   Picture: Malcolm Wells (13957-7675)
WORK Contractors who were digging holes for replacement lamp posts damaged a water main in Sylvan View, Waterlooville. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13957-7675)
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A BURST water main caused streams of muddy water to flow down a street and into people’s gardens.

Contractors Brenchley Civil Engineering accidentally burst the main while replacing street lights in Sylvan View, Waterlooville.

The blunder at 9.15am on Saturday caused water to spray up in the air and down the road.

Of those affected were Matt Barnes, 23, and Luke Willis, 23, whose garden and shed was left soaked.

They found out what happened after a neighbour called them while they were out seeing friends in North End, Portsmouth, that morning.

Matt said: ‘We got a call from a neighbour down the road telling us that there was water going into our garden and it was shooting up in the air as high as the house.

‘So we got home as soon as we could.

‘We had to wade through water in order to get into our garden.

‘In some places it was ankle deep. We saw that the main had burst and flooded the whole street.

‘There were kids in the road playing in the water with their wellies on.’

Luke said: ‘I’m fuming because my golf clubs were in the shed and were left soaking wet.’

Portsmouth Water sent out two inspectors and two road repair crews to make repairs and clear up the mess.

They turned off the water supply at 11.45am and it was brought back on at 2pm. Up to 80 homes were affected.

Mark Reynolds, 31, was making repairs to his car when he saw the main burst.

‘It (the water) missed me by complete fluke.

‘It stopped right outside the neighbour’s back driveway.

‘I had just come outside when all of a sudden I saw things going mental.

‘The road got soaked but that was about it.’ Michael Hillyer, Portsmouth Water’s off centre supervisor, said: ‘I got a call at 9.15am from the contractors to say they had done something.

‘It’s just one of those unfortunate things. ‘

‘There’s so much stuff in the ground these days.’