Homes in Itchen Abbas near Winchester were without water after a steam engine damaged a village hydrant

A steam engine similar to this one pictured damaged a hydrant in Itchen Abbas leaving 10 homes without water

A steam engine similar to this one pictured damaged a hydrant in Itchen Abbas leaving 10 homes without water

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SEVERAL homes in a Hampshire village were without water tonight after a steam engine driver tampered with a hydrant.

It is understood the driver stopped to get water for the engine in Little Hayes Lane, Itchen Abbas, near Winchester, at around 7pm but accidentally damaged the hydrant, causing a leak.

Ten homes lost their supply for around 40 minutes while Southern Water engineers raced to the scene and fixed the hydrant.

The utility company has also launched an investigation into the damage.

A Southern Water spokeswoman apologised for the supply interruption but warned people not to interfere with hydrants.

She said: “We responded to reports from people in Itchen Abbas that water was flowing across the carriageway and we understand a steam engine accessed the supply through a hydrant but during that operation the hydrant was damaged and that caused the leak.

“We have been out and repaired it by 8pm and we have launched an investigation because people should not be accessing hydrants without our permission. They should not tamper with the supply.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and we were on the scene as quickly as we could be.”

Police were also called but the engine had left by the time they arrived and a spokesman confirmed they were not taking the matter further.

It is understood the engine was on its way to Old Alresford for the village fair on Saturday.

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11:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

S Pance says...

It's not a case of the guy "Tampering" with the fire hydrant. If the Echo had researched this properly then they'd realise that ALL traction Engines fill up at fire hydrants when on UK roads.
It's not a case of the guy "Tampering" with the fire hydrant. If the Echo had researched this properly then they'd realise that ALL traction Engines fill up at fire hydrants when on UK roads. S Pance
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11:55pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Stubs says...

I went there and had a wash. It's all free water. Might as well make use of it.
I went there and had a wash. It's all free water. Might as well make use of it. Stubs
  • Score: 1

6:38am Sat 21 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Turned up in my 'Green Goddess' on a training exercise near Pirbright found the point opened the yellow cover and with the long key fitted onto the receiver and turned - the key snapped off four feet down - Ooops!
Turned up in my 'Green Goddess' on a training exercise near Pirbright found the point opened the yellow cover and with the long key fitted onto the receiver and turned - the key snapped off four feet down - Ooops! skeptik
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

S Pance wrote:
It's not a case of the guy "Tampering" with the fire hydrant. If the Echo had researched this properly then they'd realise that ALL traction Engines fill up at fire hydrants when on UK roads.
They have no right to do this. As the water is owned they have to seek permission to use the hydrants. In this case he/she didn't.
[quote][p][bold]S Pance[/bold] wrote: It's not a case of the guy "Tampering" with the fire hydrant. If the Echo had researched this properly then they'd realise that ALL traction Engines fill up at fire hydrants when on UK roads.[/p][/quote]They have no right to do this. As the water is owned they have to seek permission to use the hydrants. In this case he/she didn't. Sir Ad E Noid
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