This Is What Happens When a Water Main Bursts

By Sam Gibbs on at

If you were ever in any doubt about just how much water there is surging through the myriad of pipes beneath your feet (not just fat), these shocking images from London's Herne Hill should put things into perspective. A 0.9-metre-wide water pipe burst under a junction flooding the surrounding area and making it look like roads were actually rivers, just this morning.

OK, so we're used to seeing flooded scenes these days because of the heavy rain and bursting riverbanks we're subjected to in the winter, but not because of water pipes. It's shocking just how much water can be spewed forth from a water main. And they blame us for wasting water and forcing hosepipe bans. [BBC]

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