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County hit by a second water leak
10:20am Saturday 28th July 2012 in News
WATER flooded on to a street in Kidlington yesterday due to a burst water main, the second in the county this week.
Thames Water was alerted to the leak on Oxford Road near the shops shortly after 6am.
Engineers were on scene an hour later and repaired the four-inch pipe by 10.30am.
Thames Water spokesman Craig Rance said 43 properties had experienced low water pressure and some lost their water supply for an hour while work was carried out.
He added: “The source of the problem was an old pipe which had just worn down. We are sorry to customers in Kidlington.”
Stocks of bottled water were sent out to Headington, Oxford, earlier this week after a burst water main cut supplies to thousands of homes and businesses.
Both the Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) lost their supplies when water flooded the junction of Old Road and Windmill Road.
Bowsers loaded with drinking water were stationed in Headington for most of the day in case the hospitals ran out. Bottled water that was also sent to the area was not needed.
The cause of that leak is being investigated. A spokesman said the two leaks were not connected and were unlikely to have been caused by the recent hot weather.