Gushing water flooded lawn Residents suspected broken pipe

 “It’s so difficult, isn’t it? To see what’s going on when you’re in the absolute middle of something? It’s only with hindsight we can see things for what they are.” S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep


Passersby yesterday morning about 11 a.m. were treated to the sights and sounds of an impromptu man made geyser as water surged freely and high into the air from an underground sprinkler system. The show lasted 20 minutes. A nearby power box was pummelled by the force of the spray.

Curious motorists and passersby wondered what was going on late yesterday morning around 11 a.m. when water began to freely erupt from an underground pipe located on the lawn of a nearby apartment building. The sound of the escaping water roared loud and proud.

Many residents whose suites were located near the site suspected that a municipal watermain pipe had suddenly burst and were concerned that the escaping water would flood their nearby main floor suites. One tenant jokingly named the escaping water jet Old Faithful.

The building’s outdoor maintenance crews were forcing the old, stagnant water from the system. This was a seasonal event. A truck from the municipal water department was on hand to assist and were ready to lend a hand should their services be required.

The sound of the escaping water at the time created a cause for concern because no one in the building knew what was happening.

Using hindsight the incident was a mere tempest in a teapot. The momentary panic was much to do about nothing. And the the best part of all —  the  lawn received a much needed watering.


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2 Comments on Gushing water flooded lawn Residents suspected broken pipe

  1. I love the bright spot you recognized: the lawn needed watering. Half full, Gerry; always half full! 🙂

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