The burst water main which kept Harborne Lane, Selly Oak partly closed for several months will be fully useable from tomorrow (Sunday 5th March).

The pipe which is 6 meters below and serves 200,000 homes, ruptured on Wednesday 23rd November, causing chaos for residents and commuters alike – and even though slightly behind schedule, the broken pipe has now been replaced and the road damage repaired.

Paul Baldwyn, Severn Trent’s area operations manager said: “Once the pipe was fixed, we could concentrate on getting the road back to normal.  This is a few days later than planned, and we’re really sorry for this, but we had to be absolutely sure that the damage to the road was all fixed, and that any voids were identified and filled.

“We absolutely understand the frustrations of those affected by the burst and the subsequent road diversion, and we know it’s been going on for a long time, but we want to reassure everyone that we’ve been working hard on this constantly since the burst happened.

Video of when the pipe burst.

Paul added: “It’s really important that we took the time to make sure we did this right – the last thing we wanted to do was cut off water supplies or cause discoloured water while we worked.

“Once again we’d like to say thank you to anyone affected by this and thank them for their patience – it’s been a long and difficult job, but we got it done without affecting water supplies for hundreds of thousands of customers across the city.”

Images by @snappersk are on behalf of West Midlands Fire Service


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