Tilling Drive water jet explained
Earlier tonight was the article about the burst water pipe in Tilling Drive. Actually, it wasn’t a mains pipe at all, it was a fill-up point for fire engines.
Shortly after 8am this morning as works started for the day (and I got woken up!!!) the men started angle grinding around the metal blocks within the newly laid pavement. They started on the block in particular and as it was so 0ld and used, the vibrations caused the valve to crack and explode. Following the explosion a great 20ft high jet of ice-cold water normally used for filling fire engines filled the air and gave the cars a free wash, and even a couple of people.
Workmen tried to stop the jet but failed and got soaked. Back-up and dry clothes were called in as normal work proceeded on other metal blocks. However, the drama wasn’t over. A crew arrived, but having been told it was a mains water pipe they did not have the correct equipment to stop the flow!
Another team was called and arrived shortly after 10am and the jet was stopped around 10.30am. The amount of water lost is unimaginable and the cost the same.
Thanks to Jack Taylor for this post