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Two water pipes burst in Wellington

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017
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A water geyser from a burst pipe in a Wellington suburb has council workers scambling hours after another water main burst.

Wellington City Council first advised the water was off in Carleton Terrace in Tawa and surrounding streets for four to six hours due to burst main on Sunday morning.

Then it said a large main burst on Thatcher Cres and Silverstream Road in Crofton Downs and water is turned of there for a similar amount of time.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the two events were not related.

There had been road resurfacing where the second main burst and heavy machinery may have put pressure on the pipes there.

He said there were a lot of old cement pipes in the Tawa area and they were gradually being replaced.

The burst pipes did not appear to have been caused by earthquake damage.

In late January, Wellington came dangerously close to running out of water after a leak was found in the city's main supply pipe underneath Featherston St, near Wellington Railway Station.

The leak eroded the ground underneath the road, creating a large hole.

Mr MacLean said the latest incidents were in local water mains and were 10km apart.

"It's incredibly frustrating for our guys who have to go out and fix them," he said.

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