A Pipeline Leak to Say Bye to ’13 - The New Indian Express

A Pipeline Leak to Say Bye to ’13

Published: 01st January 2014 10:10 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 10:10 AM

The final day of 2013 also had a contribution to the city’s list of pipe-bursts for the year, when a leak was detected at Manvila on Tuesday morning.

 The damage, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) officials said, was minimal since the leak was small and was also not on a major line. The line in question was a 200 mm PVC distribution line that supplies water to a few areas near the Little Flower Church in Manvila.

 The leak, detected around 10.30 am on New Year’s Eve,  disrupted water supply to the region for a few hours.

“Earlier we had suspected the leak was on a 500 mm primo pipe connected to the Manvila tank but it turned out to be on a smaller local distribution line,” said a KWA assistant executive engineer. “The repair also was a fairly easy process since we just had to replace an end-cap on the pipe.” Since pumping was controlled due to repair works, water level fell in the Peroorkada tank and in the evening, supply was hit in a few areas supplied by this tank.

 This episode marked the end of a year that witnessed several major and minor pipe-bursts at regular intervals.

 The first major incident of the past year was, arguably, the multiple leak on the city’s pipeline network on the eve of the Attukal Pongala in February, which even sparked off allegations of foul play. Another incident was the bursting of the main 1,200 mm line at Vazhayila in June, leading to the

flooding of the Peroorkada-Vazhayila stretch. The same line had also hit the news when it suffered leaks both at the beginning of November and in December. This last reported leak on the 1,200 mm line had caused pumping to be stopped at Aruvikkara for almost three days.

 Apart from these, several leaks on the various distribution lines in the city had also disrupted water supply and in some cases, traffic. A distribution pipe leak in October, for example, had flooded Power House Road for a day. Similarly another minor leak in Pottakuzhy in August and in Plamoodu last month had stalled both water and traffic. 

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