Water waste from burst Budleigh main leaking for over a week ‘impossible’ to calculate

PUBLISHED: 14:16 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:31 24 July 2018

A burst pipe near Budleigh leaked water for more than a week. Picture: Liz Harrison-Doble

A burst pipe near Budleigh leaked water for more than a week. Picture: Liz Harrison-Doble

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South West Water says it’s ‘impossible’ to tell how much wastage was caused by a burst main near Budleigh that leaked for more than a week during the recent heatwave.

A burst main on Exmouth Road, near Budleigh, caused water to leak for almost a week. Picture: Liz Harrison-Doble.A burst main on Exmouth Road, near Budleigh, caused water to leak for almost a week. Picture: Liz Harrison-Doble.

A high-pressure water main near Budleigh which burst during the recent hot weather leaked water for almost two weeks before being successfully fixed by South West Water.

The company says that while fixing leaks quickly is a ‘top priority’, the challenging nature of this repair meant it took longer than usual.

Liz Harrison-Doble, from Exmouth, aired concerns on social media after noticing a cordoned-off hole, had been overflowing with water on the B3178, near Budleigh.

She said: “Surely this should be fixed and not left for near a week to waste gallons of water.”

Later on, speaking to the Journal, Liz said: “As I drove past I could see the hole was full of water and it was running down the road. Traffic lights had been there since they had dug the hole.

“The main reason I was concerned was the length of time it took to fix the water leak was how much water was wasted.

“In parts of the country they are having hose pipe bans and this soon could be the case down here.”

This comes soon after South West Water urged people in East Devon to conserve the ‘precious resource’.

They confirmed a burst high-pressure main was reported and fixed the same day, on July 7, in Exmouth Road, near Budleigh Salterton.

However, due to damage farther up from the original repair, a number of further visits were required before the issue was finally resolved, on July 18 – 11 days after the original report of damage.

Their spokesman said: “We’d like to reassure customers that fixing leaks as quickly as possible is a top priority for South West Water.

“This was a particularly complex and challenging repair which is why it took longer than usual.”

The spokesman added that it was ‘not possible’ to calculate how much water was leaked as a result of the damaged pipe.

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