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Burst main brings in milky water

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. The flooded scene of a burst water main in South Grafton on Thursday night.
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. The flooded scene of a burst water main in South Grafton on Thursday night.

By EMMA CORNFORD

WHILE a trickle of water was all some South and Grafton residents could get out of their taps on Thursday night, one household had more than enough after their lawn was flooded.

The uneven distribution of water was due to a water main breakage at Rushforth Road in South Grafton, as reported in yesterday's The Daily Examiner.

The breakage in the pipe, which happened around 7pm, was fixed by around 9:30pm the same night.

Although water supply has been restored, some residents in the area could experience milky-looking water for the next day; a result of air bubbles forced into the water when the break was fixed.

Clarence Valley Council water and wastewater manager at the Grafton office Frank Vaarwerk said the section of pipe that broke was not particularly old.

"It was laid in the late eighties or early nineties (but) it just broke for no particular reason. It was just one of those things," he said.

Mr Vaarwerk said it was through the sheer size of the hole in the pipe that water pressure dropped.

"(It) was so large that the water went through that hole and there just wasn't enough pressure to get the water up the taps," he said.

"There was a lot of water on the road as well as debris, rocks and mud because the water would have exploded with a fairly high force and there was some flooding of the adjoining property."

He said the area had been cleaned up by around 10pm on Thursday.



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