THIS WEEK IN 1997: Water supply cut as tractor damages pipe

Farmer Ian Cutler could have faced a huge bill after his tractor damaged a water main, cutting supplies to tens of thousands of people.

Sunday, 14th May 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:27 am
Steve Waters had been ploughing the field when suddenly a jet of water shot up from the back axle

The accident on Portsdown Hill left 60,000 Portsmouth Water customers in Waterlooville, Denmead and Cowplain without supplies at a time of day when demand was at its highest.

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Mr Cutler, 29, of Comphouse Farm, Southwick, said his tractor driver Steve Waters had been ploughing the field when suddenly a jet of water shot up from the back axle.

‘It smashed the back window, flooded the cab and forced open the bonnet,’ he said.

‘It was a bit traumatic for him.’