Hydrant damage leaves homes without water in Little Hayes Lane, Itchen Abbas

Hydrant damage leaves homes without water

Hydrant damage leaves homes without water

First published in News

SEVERAL homes were left without water 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, but accidentally damaged the hydrant, causing a leak.

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

The utility company has launched an investigation.

A Southern Water spokeswoman apologised for the supply interruption and 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 were told a steam engine accessed the supply through a hydrant but during that operation the hydrant was damaged.”

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

The engine was on its way to Old Alresford for the village fair.

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