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View recent newsBurst Main - Bar Hill

 

26 January 2013

5pm

 

Cambridge Water can now confirm that all customers affected by the

burst main earlier today are now back on full supply.

 

 

 

3.45pm

Burst main located

 

Cambridge Water inspectors have now located a burst main which has 

affected the water supply to residents in the Bar Hill area today 

(Saturday 26 January).

The burst was reported to Cambridge Water at 8am and inspectors 

immediately set to work on rezoning the existing water supply so 

people in Bar Hill, Conington and Hilton had access to water.

Water was also rezoned to supply Over, Longstanton and Fendrayton, but 

at a reduced pressure.

A spokesman for Cambridge Water, said: "Locating the burst main has 

been a challenge throughout the day owing to the excessive amount of 

melt-water from the snow.

“We have now located the burst, which is in a field between the A14 

and Dry Drayton, and will be carrying out immediate repairs. We fully 

expect the water supply and pressure will return to normal for all 

residents over the next two hours.

 “We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

“Burst mains typically happen more frequently at this time of the year, 

especially when the ground starts warming up again after a cold period. While we never 

know when or where a burst main will occur we have had extra resources on standby to 

ensure that as soon as we know of an incident we can fix it as quickly as possible.”

Cambridge Water has been urging customers to protect exposed pipework wherever 

possible; ensuring their house is regularly heated during a cold spell, particularly if left 

unoccupied, and knowing where their stop taps are and how to turn them off in an 

emergency.

To help out the water company has teamed up with Homebase on Newmarket Road in 

Cambridge to offer its customers free foam lagging. Customers can simply download a 

coupon on the Cambridge Water website to claim the free 5m pack from the DIY store.

If pipes do become frozen or burst, Cambridge Water recommends the 

following actions:

If a pipe freezes:

·    Turn off the water supply at the stop tap

·    Check to see if the pipe has burst

·    Slowly thaw the pipe with hot water bottles or a towel soaked in 

hot water, starting at the end nearest the tap

·    Never use a naked flame, hairdryer or blowtorch to thaw the pipe

·    Do not leave taps dripping or running as the water may not drain 

down the plughole if the pipe below is frozen

If a pipe bursts:

·         Turn off the stop tap and the boiler

·         Open all taps to drain the system quickly

·         Soak up/block off escaping water with towels

·         Call a qualified plumber. For details of approved plumbers 

visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk

·         If water has leaked near your electrics or into any electrical 

appliances, switch them off at the mains

·         Turn off taps once pipework is repaired to avoid further 

flooding

Further details on how to prepare for frozen pipes and what to do if 

a pipe bursts are available online at www.cambridge-water.co.uk.

ends

 

 

26 January 2013

1.30pm

Burst main

Cambridge Water inspectors are still looking to find the source of a burst main which has affected

residents in the Bar Hill area this morning (Saturday 26 January).

 

So far we have been able to rezone our existing network to provide a water supply for people living

in Bar Hill, Conington and Hilton.

 

Water is also available in Over, Longstanton and Fendrayton but at a reduced pressure.

 

A spokesman for Cambridge Water, said: "We are confident we will be able to find the exact source of

the burst main later on this afternoon. Once we have found the exact location we should be able to carry

out immediate repairs."

 

The water company had originally thought the burst was located near to 

the A14 turn off at Conington, but further investigation has revealed this 

is not the case. Updates on the burst will be posted when they become 

available.

 

 

 

 

Ends


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.40am

Burst water main – Bar Hill

 

Cambridge Water is working to repair a water main which burst in close 

to Bar Hill this morning (Saturday 26 January 2013).

The burst happened at 8am on a main which runs along the A14, close to 

the turning for Conington.

The burst initially affected the water supply to around half the 

residents of Bar Hill, as well as the villages of Fenstanton, 

Fen Drayton, Hilton, Longstanton and Over.

Efforts were focused on getting the water supply turned back on for 

customers.

Within an hour of the burst, water was quickly rezoned around the 

problem areas to residents of Bar Hill, while employees worked to 

repair the pipes. By 11am water should also have been rezoned around 

to supply the affected villages, although some areas will experience 

low pressure for a while afterwards. A handful of properties located 

around  the site of the burst may be without water until the repair can

be made.

Like other water companies, the Cambridge Water network suffered 

following the recent cold snap which saw temperatures plummet to a low 

of minus 12 degrees centigrade.

As the ground freezes the earth expands and then contracts again as it 

thaws. This causes the pipes to move and increases the risk of burst 

mains.

A spokesman for Cambridge Water said: “We apologise for any 

inconvenience caused. Burst mains typically happen more frequently at 

this time of the year, especially when the ground starts warming up 

again after a cold period. While we never know when or where a burst 

main will occur we have had extra resources on standby to ensure that 

as soon as we know of an incident we can fix it as quickly as possible.”

Cambridge Water has been urging customers to protect exposed pipework 

wherever possible; ensuring their house is regularly heated during a 

cold spell, particularly if left unoccupied, and knowing where their 

stop taps are and how to turn them off in an emergency.

To help out the water company has teamed up with Homebase on Newmarket 

Road in Cambridge to offer its customers free foam lagging. Customers 

can simply download a coupon on the Cambridge Water website to claim 

the free 5m pack from the DIY store.

If pipes do become frozen or burst, Cambridge Water recommends the 

following actions:


If a pipe freezes:

·    Turn off the water supply at the stop tap

·    Check to see if the pipe has burst

·    Slowly thaw the pipe with hot water bottles or a towel soaked in  

hot water, starting at the end nearest the tap

·    Never use a naked flame, hairdryer or blowtorch to thaw the pipe

·   Do not leave taps dripping or running as the water may not drain 

down the plughole if the pipe below is frozen

If a pipe bursts:

·         Turn off the stop tap and the boiler

·         Open all taps to drain the system quickly

·         Soak up/block off escaping water with towels

·         Call a qualified plumber. For details of approved plumbers 

visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk

·         If water has leaked near your electrics or into any  

electrical appliances, switch them off at the mains

·         Turn off taps once pipework is repaired to avoid further 

flooding

Further details on how to prepare for frozen pipes and what to do if a 

pipe bursts are available online at www.cambridge-water.co.uk

 

 

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