Burst water pipe in Aljunied creates 'brown flood', affects 75 households

By Lydia Lam
The Straits Times
Apr 12, 2017

A burst water pipe between two Housing Board blocks in Aljunied flooded a carpark on Tuesday (April 11) morning, with water agency PUB and the Town Council temporarily supplying some 75 households with water from an alternative supply.

A pipe between Block 105 and Block 106 at Aljunied Crescent burst at about 3am, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Tuesday.

A photo provided by a Wanbao reader of a carpark there shows muddy water flooding the area.

A grocery store employee, who gave his name only as Mr Anbarasam, 27, told Wanbao that he heard the pipe bursting in the morning.

"I didn't take notice of it, but when I came to work at 6am when it was still dark, I stepped into mud that came up to my ankle," he said.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, water agency PUB said it was informed of the incident on Tuesday morning.

"Our officers found a leak on the pipe that supplies water to Block 105 and Block 106 at Aljunied Crescent and we immediately proceeded to isolate the leaking pipe," said the PUB spokesman.

"The leakage surfaced and washed up earth materials to the nearby carpark," she said.

Repairs were completed and the water supply fully restored by 3.30pm.

While repair works were being carried out, PUB and the MacPherson Town Council provided alternative water supply to some 75 affected households. These households get their water directly from the PUB water mains.

"Those receiving their water supply from the rooftop water tanks were not affected," said the spokesman.

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