The Water Corporation has repaired a water main and road surfaces in North Perth (WA) after the main burst, causing havoc for commuters and residents.
The water main broke under the road near the corner of Charles and Vincent Street in Perth. The broken main is a 200mm cast iron main that was first laid in 1916 and later refurbished in 1946.
Six nearby properties were affected when water was temporarily shut off and a vehicle in the vicinity was damaged.
Water Corporation spokesperson, Clare Lugar, said the cause of the broken water main is not yet known, but a section of the damaged pipe has been removed for further analysis.
There are 15,000 kilometres of water pipes in the Perth and Mandurah area.
Leaks and breaks in water supply schemes are influenced by a number of factors, including the material and location of the mains, age, maintenance and local conditions such as soil types and external factors such as nearby construction and tree roots.