Burst pipe hits lo­cal busi­nesses

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has apol­o­gises to East Vic­to­ria Park busi­ness own­ers for the in­con­ve­nience caused by a bro­ken wa­ter pipe that flooded sev­eral busi­nesses.

Re­gional man­ager Michael An­drews said the cor­po­ra­tion had main­tained con­tact with peo­ple af­fected and con­tin­ued to pro­vide ad­vice and sup­port.

“The is­sue oc­curred on a ma­jor dis­tri­bu­tion main that trans­ports large vol­umes of wa­ter through­out Perth,” he said.

“Turn­ing off the main to stop the flow of wa­ter was our first pri­or­ity and this was a com­plex and dif­fi­cult op­er­a­tion that in­volved mul­ti­ple work crews.”

He said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions de­ter­mined that a sec­tion of pipe has bro­ken in a valve cham­ber at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mil­ford and Swansea streets.

“We are con­duct­ing a thor­ough as­sess­ment of the pipe’s con­di­tion to de­ter­mine what re­pair work is re­quired,” he said.

The Jumplings food van ware­house was flooded and pro­duc­tion had to stop for a week and half while they cleaned and dis­in­fected.

Owner Roy Chin said one of his ma­chines worth about $20,000 was wa­ter­logged.

“It’s re­ally in­con­ve­nient,” he said. “So many things had to be chucked out; it’s been a chal­leng­ing cou­ple of days.”

Save the Chil­dren took to online site Big Help Mob to get vol­un­teers to help move thou­sands of damp books out of its ware­house.

About $60,000 worth of books for its an­nual South of the River Book Sale were de­stroyed.

Man­ager So­nia Holmes said it was such a mess and they could not sal­vage any books.

The scene of the bro­ken wa­ter main.

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