Flood of rumours follows burst water main.
The water damaged the building’s electrical system, with some 40 businesses unable to re-occupy the building. It was questioned if it would be cheaper to demolish and start again. A rumour was that the vibration from Metro Tunnel Project excavations across the road in the City Square had caused the problem, however City West Water quickly exonerated the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and elaborated to CBD News that no work was being undertaken at the time the pipe burst.
City West Water said no works were being done at the nearby Melbourne Metro Tunnel site on Swanston St on the evening of the water main burst. A number of factors may have been responsible and the water authority was conducting an investigation.
the investigation took into consideration a number of factors including the age, material and condition of the main, as well as external factors such as weather. Investigations of this nature are extremely complex given the depth of the pipe, the size, number and close proximity to other underground services and the inner city location.
The building manager said there was a meltdown of the electrical switchboard following flooding. “Luckily there wasn’t a fire. The brigade anticipated a huge calamity,” he said.