AROUND 8pm last Friday a water main at the intersection of Minsterly and Ocean Beach roads sprung a leak, creating a 15-hour dry spell for around 300 nearby residents.
The fault was identified when taps were turned on without effect – including those of shire president Ceinwen Gearon, who posted to Facebook to advise others who may have been similarly affected.
Cr Gearon’s post relayed information from the Water Corporation’s fault line that the pipe would not be repaired until around 11am the following day.
The Water Corporation made free bottled water available to those affected by the outage. The collection point was the Ocean Beach fire shed.
Water Corporation Great Southern regional manager Adrian Stewart said that crews isolated the problem around 9.30pm on Friday, and returned at 7am the following day to carry out repairs.
“Our Denmark crew isolated the main on Friday evening, but due to fatigue management regulations were unable to complete the repair,” Mr Stewart said.
A crew from Albany restored the water supply about midday on Saturday.
“The cause of the burst is currently unknown, though a number of factors can contribute, including soil condition, weather, tree roots, pipe condition and physical damage,” Mr Stewart said.
Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman, a former government minister with responsibility for the Water Corporation, said that there appeared to be ongoing issues with scheme water in the Ocean Beach area.
“An affected resident I spoke to who manages an accommodation facility has significant concerns about the security of the service as we approach the summer tourism season,” he said.