Dam bursts on water pipe woes

Contractors remove broken pipes on Tennyson Street, Bellevue.
Contractors remove broken pipes on Tennyson Street, Bellevue.

Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association member Martin Chape said he and others in the area were ‘fed up’ with low water pressure and old, constantly leaking, corroded water pipes that had the potential to badly damage their properties and homes.

Mr Chape said Bellevue was riddled with water-related inconveniences and he is demanding action from the State Government.

‘There have been problems for a long while; my water pressure dropped off twice in June and I have had a number of other residents complaining to me about their water problems, too,’ he said.

‘When it happened in the beginning of June, the water was turned off for pipe repairs but when it was turned on again it caused minor damages to my taps.

‘The water was off all night and I couldn’t shower. My neighbour had to go to a relative’s house to fill up bottles of water.

‘Both times we were not given any warning from Water Corp, so we could not prepare.’

Mr Chape said the cause of the problems was old, corroded pipes, which he witnessed being removed by contractors.

He said he wanted something more permanent than a quick-fix repair done about them.

‘These old pipes are time bombs waiting to go off,’ he said.

‘We want to know if the State Government has any maintenance plans, or if they are going to update the pipes’