A CONTRACT maintenance worker scored an impromptu spa day on Monday morning, complete with a mud mask and a hydrating shower, after mowing near an old fire hydrant in Sale when it burst.
At 10am, the above ground fire hydrant at the former police station site erupted, spraying water about 10 metres high, showering across York St and resulting in road closure.
After noticing the ground surrounding the hydrant was a bit damp, the mower was soon wearing it, with residents in the area alleging it had been damp for months.
Gippsland Grammar St Anne’s Early Learning school students were quick to the school’s fence, and gushed over the temporary water feature and flashing police lights.
Sale CFA and Gippsland Water worked together to stem the flow, and there were no reported injuries.
During the emergency works, a temporary plate was installed and the water was turned off for about four hours.
Gippsland Water customer service and communications general manager Paul Clark said older style, above ground fire hydrants like those in Sale and Maffra are gradually being replaced with ground level fire plugs.
“Gippsland Water will work with Wellington Shire Council, who owns the hydrant, to arrange the installation of a new ground level fire plug,” he said.
“Local businesses can expect to receive notification from Gippsland Water to advise when the new fire plug is fitted by Laser Plumbing, as it will require a planned shut of the water supply.”
Wellington Shire Council is responsible for paying for the repairs to the hydrant.