Sunday, September 8, 2013

CAPpings - India - Water Leakage - Pipeline leak inundates colony in Iyyappanhangal, Chennai - Valve Failure and Pipeline Damage are identified as the causes

Pipeline leak inundates colony in Iyyappanhangal, Chennai - Valve Failure and Pipeline Damage are identified as the causes.  Water seeped into the settlements at EVP Park Avenue in Iyyappanhangal after a valve in a pipeline carrying drinking water from Chembarabakkam lake to Chennai burst early morning on Saturday


Water seeped into the settlements at EVP Park Avenue in Iyyappanhangal after a valve in a pipeline carrying drinking water from Chembarabakkam lake to Chennai burst early morning on Saturday

Residents of Iyyappanthangal on the outskirts of Chennai woke up to knee-deep water outside their houses on Saturday morning after the valve on a major pipeline carrying drinking water to the city from the Chembarambakkam lake allegedly gave way.

The flooding resulted in a complete blackout in the area as the Electricity Board disconnected power supply to ensure safety. Power was restored after over eight hours when a considerable amount of water was pumped out by the evening.

Residents said within a matter of an hour, the streets in the colony were filled with at least 3 feet of water. The water made its way into several households, forcing the residents to stay indoors till evening when three motor pumps drained out a fair bit of the stagnated water.

A senior official at the Chennai Metro Water told Express there was no “burst” as claimed by the residents and it was only a leak in a major pipeline as a valve gave way.

The official said almost immediately after the leak was reported, the supply at Chembarambakkam pumping station was stopped. “What came on to the streets was water already in the pipeline that ran several kilometres. The leak has now been plugged,” the official added.


Article Source: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Pipeline-leak-inundates-colony/2013/09/08/article1773673.ece
Publication Date: 08 Sept 2013 

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