Second major leak could see ageing main replaced

ENGINEERS are to assess the condition of the ageing water main under Littlewick Road in Knaphill, following a second major leak in the pipe in less than a year.

The road was closed from early morning last Thursday until 10.30am on Monday while the fractured 15-inch cast iron main was repaired and the roadway resurfaced.

A rupture last February was about 50 yards from the burst last week and both incidents flooded several homes, gardens and garages.

Resident Paul Edwards said: “We were woken up by a passing motorist who saw the gushing leak, pulled into our drive and repeatedly sounded his horn.

“Water was flooding down the drive so we quickly starting moving everything we could off the ground floor. The garage had a foot of water in it and two of our cars were damaged and wouldn’t start.”

The main is operated by Affinity Water. A spokesman said: “The condition of the main will be assessed to determine if and when it needs to be renewed.”

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