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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has today thanked the hard working staff at Hunter Water after yesterday’s water pipe break at Wallsend.

The pipe was hit yesterday and caused a major outage in the suburbs of Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi, with some homes losing water altogether.

Crews worked in very difficult conditions, in a very inaccessible site until 3:30am today to restore services to residents.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“I want to thank the incredibly hard working staff at Hunter Water for working tirelessly to get the water back on to Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi.”

“Having recently inspected the site, I know the conditions were tough and the pipes were underwater, making the repair very difficult.”

“Crews worked through the night and finally repaired the pipe at around 3:30am.”

“At every stage throughout the day I was kept up to date by staff about the water outage so that I could respond to constituent’s questions.”

“Hunter Water was quick to act to make sure that the people impacted by the outage the most were looked after first, schools, child care and aged care were all checked on and supplied with water and assistance.”

“Water drops were made to some residents who could not get out to pick up the free bottled water and stations in Maryland.”

“Water pressure will be gradually increased throughout the morning and residents should see a return to full pressure today.”

“Thanks again to the staff for all their hard work.”