Pipeline bursts, water goes waste

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ANKLE-DEEP: The water-logged T.P. Koil Street after a drinking water pipeline burst on Wednesday.
ANKLE-DEEP: The water-logged T.P. Koil Street after a drinking water pipeline burst on Wednesday.

K. Lakshmi

CHENNAI: Several hundred litres of drinking water literally went down the drain in Triplicane after a Chennai Metrowater pipeline burst in the area on Wednesday morning.

The damage to the pipeline, on the junction of Dr. Besant Road-T.P. Koil Street, resulted in water logging on both the roads for about four hours.

Residents of T.P.Koil Street said the pipeline burst near N.K.T Higher Secondary School was noticed at around 4 a.m. The street was flooded, taking early morning walkers by surprise. Shopkeepers in the area said Metrowater officials attended to a similar problem at the junction last week.

Hundreds of litres of drinking water was diverted to a nearby sewer chamber, the traders said. Since it took time for the water to drain, several schoolchildren had to walk through ankle-deep water. The water on Dr. Besant Road was left to dry.

Denying that repair work was taken up a week ago, Metrowater officials said that the problem on Wednesday occurred due to a crack in the joint of the feeder main pipeline.

The pipeline, which supplies water to four or five streets, could not take the pressure pumped into it, resulting in the leak.

While the problem was rectified immediately, the trench was kept open for observation to check for leak during supply on Thursday. The feeder main of 200-mm diameter was laid only four years ago and there were no plans to replace it during the improvement work of the network being taken up in the area.

Water supply was not affected in the area, the officials added.

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