City loses water supply
By David Bancroft
Residents of Grafton, South Grafton and Junction Hill were left without a water supply last night after a major break in the main water line on Rushforth Road, South Grafton.
Executive manager of North Coast Water, Ian Preston, said the break occurred just after 7pm, in an area around Tallowood Drive.
About 8.30pm he said crews were working on repairs and expected normal supply to be returned 'in a couple of hours'.
"When people get the paper in the morning everything will be back to normal," he said.
"We can isolate the area and divert water around the break," he said.
Mr Preston said such breakages were not an unusual occurrence.
"It happens," he said.
"It doesn't seem all that long ago that we had a similar break."
Mr Preston said last night it was too early to determine a cause for the break.
"It could be the result of water and movement in the soil," he said.
"But at this stage there is no obvious reason for it."
Mr Preston said he believed Grafton, South Grafton and Junction Hill would have been affected, but that the Lower Clarence received uninterrupted supply.
"The Lower River is on a different line," he said.
He said it was likely there would have been some scouring of the soil around the break, but there was no water gushing from the pipes as there were valves installed down the length of the main line to turn off supply.
"That is what the system is designed to do," he said.