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Jet of water from burst pipe in Malden Fields, Bushey, skyrockets to 100ft in the air
Residents have captured the moment when a huge jet of water was spotted gushing into the air in Bushey.
Pictures taken this afternoon show water skyrocketing up from Malden Fields.
A water main was punctured by technicians who were working on the pipes, and the high pressure ruptured the one next to it.
Crews from Watford Fire Station were travelling through the area at 3.15 this afternoon when they noticed the 100 foot high jet of water.
A spokesperson for Watford Fire said: "The main concern for us was that there was a lot of debris. There were stones flying into the air and one neighbour had a stone smashed into his car window."
Firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.
Eyewitness Donald Fisher, who was working at home in Three Valleys Way, when the rupture started, said firefighters told residents to keep away as the water was blowing rubble into the air.
He said: “I saw a fire engine in front of my house so I went to my window and there was a massive water spurt, it was like a massive fountain. It was around 100 ft tall.”
Mr Fisher, 72, added that Affinity Water workmen had started work on the field on Saturday and then continued this morning.
He said: “It is not very clever of them. There has been a lot of water wasted and they are fortunate it was not near anyone’s house. You would think after all these years they would be able to put to pipes together.
“It is good luck no one was hurt as the firefighters told us to keep away as the water was blowing rocks into the air.”
The mains were finally turned off after over an hour and firefighters said a lot of the surrounding area has been severely flooded.
An Affinity Water spokesperson said: "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers by a burst 21’’ raw water main on Maldens Field, Bushey on Monday, October 21.
Our technicians arrived at the site of the burst at 10am to begin repair. Due to the large size of the pipe, it is expected that these repairs will be complete by Wednesday, October 22.
As the pipe was carrying ‘raw’ untreated water, no customers have had their supply affected and no traffic management has been required whilst repairs take place.
We would like to thank our customers for their patience while we carry out these repairs."
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