Hot weather causing increase in water leaks in Basingstoke


THE water firm for Basingstoke has seen a 50 per cent increase in leaks and bursts throughout its provide space, with greater than 20 leaks reported in Basingstoke and Deane.

Figures from South East Water present that there are 24 water leaks reported in Basingstoke and Deane, together with in Coniston Road, in Kempshott; Gershwin Road, in Brighton Hill; Constantine Way, in Hatch Warren; Oakridge Road, in Oakridge; and Jennings Way, in Popley.

A leak in Bounty Road, Basingstoke has not been mounted because it was reported in March, ensuing in an estimated lack of greater than six million litres of water.

Read extra: Six million litres of water misplaced by leak reported 5 months in the past

Another leak, in Oakridge Road has reportedly been spilling out for greater than per week, leaving a pathway “completely soaked with water and mud”.

Read extra: Anger over water leak in Oakridge Road

South East Water stated the increase in leaks is brought on by the new weather.

A press release on the corporate’s web site advises clients: “During this latest interval of sizzling weather we’ve got seen a 50 per cent increase in leaks and bursts throughout our provide space brought on by floor motion because of the lack of rainfall and drying of the soil.

“We’re reacting to and repairing these as quickly as we can, prioritising leaks and bursts according to severity.”

It asks clients to verify its map earlier than reporting a leak, including: “If it’s already showing please be assured it’s already on our list to fix and there is no need to report it again. However, if it’s not showing on the map please report it as every drop counts and is important to us.”

South East Water has imposed hosepipe bans in Kent and Sussex following the driest July on file and neighbouring Southern Water launched a Temporary Use Ban (TUB) in Hampshire on August 5, protecting areas comparable to Kingsclere, Overton, Whitchurch and Andover.

For clients dwelling in the Basingstoke space there’s at present no ban in place though residents have been requested to use “voluntary restraint” on the quantity of water they use at house.

Read extra: Has Basingstoke bought a hosepipe ban? 

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