A BURST water main has left around a dozen homes without water and is causing some traffic problems in Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Water were informed of the fault on the pipe which is underground at the junction of the town’s Elwick Road and Park Avenue.
Engineers believe the burst was caused due to the cold weather and the fact that the piece of pipe was old and in need of replacement.
Kevin Ensell, water operations manager at Hartlepool Water, said: “There has been a burst water main and there are about a dozen properties without water.
“The call came into us at about 4am and we deployed a team to the site and the repair should be completed within the next three to four hours I would suggest.
“It hasn’t happened in the best place in terms of traffic, it’s more likely to cause traffic impact rather than water impact.”
He added: “These things tend to happen in the winter as the temperatures drop. It’s an aged piece of pipe which has reached the end of its life.
“From our point of view it’s routine activity.”