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Argent St a creek

Friday, 31st May, 2013

One of the fire hydrants that were let gush to stop a mains work site from being inundated. One of the fire hydrants that were let gush to stop a mains work site from being inundated.

Two fire hydrants in Argent Street pumped perhaps thousands of litres of water onto the asphalt yesterday while Essential Water crews worked down the road replacing a water main.

A Financial Centre employee said that the hydrants outside the office had been running from the time she arrived at work at 8.30am.

She said she called Essential Water but they had not been able to give her any information on the hydrants and how long they would be turned on “full bore”.

“They have been going all day. I’m just worried about the wastage. Where is the water going?”

The hydrants, which were blocked off by witches hats, were still running at the end of the business day.

Essential Water’s regional manager Guy Chick said they found a broken valve in Kaolin Street that could only be closed about 80 percent.

“In order to keep water away from the site where the new main is being connected (in Garnet Street between Crystal and Argent streets) and to keep customers along Argent Street and streets coming off Argent Street with a water supply throughout the day, the broken valve had to be left partially open,” Mr Chick said.

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