Carpark flooded after water pipe bursts in Aljunied

Some 75 households affected by the burst pipe were supplied water from an alternative source by PUB and the Marine Parade Town Council.
Some 75 households affected by the burst pipe were supplied water from an alternative source by PUB and the Marine Parade Town Council.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A burst water pipe between two Housing Board blocks in Aljunied flooded a carpark yesterday morning, with national water agency PUB and the Marine Parade Town Council temporarily supplying some 75 households with water from an alternative source.

A pipe between blocks 105 and 106 in Aljunied Crescent burst at about 3am, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Tuesday.

A photo provided by a Lianhe Wanbao reader of a carpark there shows the area flooded with muddy water.

A grocery store employee, who gave his name only as Mr Anbarasam, 27, told the Chinese evening daily that he heard the pipe burst in the morning.

"I didn't take notice of it, but when I came to work at 6am when it was still dark, I stepped into mud that came up to my ankle," he said.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, PUB said it was informed of the incident yesterday morning. "Our officers found a leak in the pipe that supplies water to Block 105 and Block 106 in Aljunied Crescent and we immediately proceeded to isolate the leaking pipe," said the PUB spokesman. "The leakage surfaced and washed up earth materials to the nearby carpark."

Repairs were completed and the water supply fully restored by 3.30pm. While repair works were being carried out, PUB and the town council provided an alternative water supply to affected households, which get their water directly from the PUB water mains.

"Those receiving their water supply from the rooftop water tanks were not affected," said the spokesman.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline 'Carpark flooded after water pipe bursts in Aljunied'. Print Edition | Subscribe