Shaftesbury High Street residents were without water again on Wednesday night. Taps ran dry just after 10pm.
The first water main burst on Monday was caused when vibrations from the road resurfacing cracked one of the pipes beneath the main street. Jason Liobl of Dorset Council told us that the town centre’s water infrastructure is old and susceptible to fractures.
Highway staff reengineered the road surfacing project, avoiding deeper works, to avoid further leaks. A water company spokesperson confirmed that Wednesday night’s leak was caused by ‘third-party damage’ to their pipework.
Resident Mike Bailey told Alfred of his frustration caused by noise from the road surfacing and water company repair works this week.