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Wat-er farce as Mablethorpe pathway springs floods as hosepipe ban starts

Water leaks out onto Knowle Street after the burst water main in Mablethorpe on Good Friday, the day after Anglian Water's hosepipe ban was introduced.

Water leaks out onto Knowle Street after the burst water main in Mablethorpe on Good Friday, the day after Anglian Water's hosepipe ban was introduced.

 

A BURST water main flooded a Mablethorpe road on Good Friday, the day after a hosepipe ban was enforced.

Water gushed out of an underground pipe near to the junction between Seacroft Road and Knowle Street in the early hours of the morning as residents looked on.

The incident came as Anglian Water enforced a hosepipe ban on millions of customers from April 5 after months of drought conditions.

The firm say a three-inch cast iron main had burst and confirmed engineers were deployed and repairs were complete by 2.30pm.

One local resident said: “The road was like a lake with water running down Seacroft Road.

“It’s so strange that it happened the day after the hosepipe ban, I guessed there were 30 or 40 gallons of water a minute leaking out.”

Anglian Water spokesman Anthony Innes said: “Though we aren’t aware of any loss of service, some customers may have experienced low pressure for a short period.

“We had engineers on site by 8.30am and work to repair the pipe was underway by 11.30am.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank customers for reporting the incident to us.”

Anglian Water say the hosepipe ban on residential users is justified after the driest 18-month spell for over 100 years.

Ironically heavy rain meant the Bank Holiday weekend was a washout, though Anglian Water have confirmed much more rain is needed for the hosepipe ban to be lifted.

Those who flout the law and turn on their hosepipes could face £1,000 fines though blue badge holders are exempt from the ban.

Pat Locke, Secretary of the Trusthorpe Allotment Gardens Association, said of the ban: “It will definitely affect some of the allotment holders, it will be a learning curve for everyone.

“But we have got to put up with it and hopefully we can all learn to garden more efficiently with water butts and rain collectors.”

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