Burst water main in north Hobart leaves 2,000 homes without water for 19 hours

Around 2,000 homes in the northern suburbs of Hobart were left without water for around 19 hours after a water main burst last night.

TasWater said repair crews were on the scene overnight and most of the day, with properties affected in West Moonah and Glenorchy since around 7 p.m.

Services were restored at 2:15 p.m.

Bottled water was distributed to those affected at the driveway entrance to the TasWater Depot at Birdwood Avenue Moonah.

TasWater department manager Ruth Dowty said earlier the crews were exhausted.

“Our crews are very, very tired at this point so we have brought in contractors to help out as well, as we are very concerned about the welfare of our crews,” she said.

It is unclear whether the cause of the mainline burst was due to storm damage.

Parts of Hobart were hit by flooding on Friday.(Provided: Patrick Barker)

“The rupture happened on Friday evening and there are around 2,000 properties in the affected area, so it’s quite significant,” Ms Dowty said.

Parts of Tasmania were hit by a severe thunderstorm yesterday leading to power outages, school closures and flooding of roads as streams around Hobart burst their banks.

The Department for Education closed 11 schools, including in South Hobart, Blackmans Bay, Kingston and Huonville, and the SES said it received more than 250 calls for help overnight Friday.

Flooded garden in Hobart.
Backyards in Hobart were flooded as heavy rain fell in the southern part of the state.(ABC News: Matthew Growcott)

“These Things Happen”

Ashlee Gale, who lives next to where the main erupted, said the 24 hours had been “pretty chaotic”.

“We were alerted to the burst when subsequent flooding occurred in the block next to us and unfortunately affected neighbors behind us,” she said.

“These things happen. It’s not as simple as fixing a broken pipe.

“From what I understand, it’s not easy [job] because it’s on a residential property.

“And unfortunately, I think our neighbors suffered quite a bit of damage to their property.”

Despite the inconveniences, Ms Gale said she felt for the workers who had worked through the night to resolve the issue.

“[TasWater crews] worked… to fix the burst. The conditions outside are absolutely horrible. I really feel for them.”

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