Engineers battle to stop monster 100ft geyser that has been spraying water into the air for more than 24 HOURS amid threat of hosepipe ban because of shortages
- Engineers are fighting a burst geyser near in Cheltenham for 24 hours
- The 100ft jet-like spray has been running since 2pm yesterday afternoon
- The dramatic burst has come in the midst of a stringent hosepipe ban
- The ban is the first in six years and expected to affect seven million Britons
Engineers are fighting a 100ft geyser which has been spraying water into the air for more than 24 hours.
The jet-like surge of water has been gushing since yesterday afternoon in a field near the Gloucester Old Spot pub in Cheltenham.
The geyser continues to release the large amount of water in the midst of a stringent hosepipe ban in the North West – which is expected to affect seven million Britons.
A jet-like surge of water has been gushing since yesterday afternoon in a field near the Gloucester Old Spot pub in Cheltenham
Residents fear the 100ft fountain could result in a hosepipe ban, but water firm Severn Trent said there are no plans for a ban.
Cheltenham local Angus Bethune, 39, claims 100,000 gallons of water has been wasted per hour.
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Mr Bethune said: ‘A worker told me he has been with Severn Trent for nine years and it’s the biggest he’s ever seen.’
Customers in the North West have been warned to not use a hose for their garden, car or to wash-down their outdoor area during the the ban.
The 100ft geyser which has been spraying water into the air for more than 24 hours
Engineers are working to stop the burst and fix the pipe as quickly as possible as residents could lose their water supply
The blanket-ban also stops families from using a hosepipe to fill a pond or paddling pool.
A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: ‘We have a team on site now. They are struggling to shut if off safely at the moment, but we are working,
‘Our priority is to stop the burst and fix the pipe, and get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.’
Offenders can face a fine of up to £1000 if they are caught evading the ban and using the water-based utilities.
The geyser continues to release the large amount of water in the midst of a stringent hosepipe ban
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