Burst pipe causes water to gush up to '3 storeys high' in Bukit Batok West; repair works ongoing

A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017.
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017.
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017.
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017.
A pipe leak sent up a fountain of water at the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, on Sept 26, 2017. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Motorists driving by the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 and Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 on Tuesday (Sept 26) night were shocked to see water gushing up from the middle of the road .

Water agency PUB said in a Facebook post that it has received reports of a pipe leak at that junction since 9.53pm and motorists were advised to take alternative routes.

One driver who went by the junction of Bukit Batok West Avenues 6 and 8 around 10pm told The Straits Times that the water was gushing up to as high as three storeys.

"I was shocked to see it because the water (volume) was quite big, the water pressure was very strong," said 35-year-old sales engineer Simon Koh.

He said the water appeared to come from a burst pipe underground, and there were some "stone chips on the road".

About 20 to 30 people gathered to watch, he said.

The Straits Times understands that the Singapore Civil Defence Force was at the scene, on standby and waiting for water agency PUB to arrive, so they can shut off the main valve.

SCDF told ST that it received a call at 9.54pm reporting of a burst water pipe along Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, in front of Block 153.

"We dispatched a fire engine," said the spokesman. "When we arrived at the scene, we managed traffic while waiting for PUB to arrive."

When ST arrived on the scene around 11pm, the water was still gushing into the air.

In an update on its Facebook page at 3.32am, PUB said the pipe leak was isolated at 1.50am and that repair works are ongoing. It added that the leftmost lane along Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 will be cordoned off for repair works to be carried out.

Additional reporting by Ariffin Jamar