Court reverses conviction for sewerage contractor

It says firm not liable for offence by subcontractor which had damaged a water main, orders refund of $50k fine

A drill worker investigating a site for a new sewerage system struck a main pipe, causing more than 7,000 cubic m of water to gush out - enough to fill three Olympic-size swimming pools.

It took eight hours for PUB engineers to isolate the main, and the contractor was billed for repairs totalling more than $122,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2018, with the headline 'Court reverses conviction for sewerage contractor'. Print Edition | Subscribe