Due to a large water leak on a meadow in the vicinity of the Gaverbosdreef and the Bruul in Munkzwalm, hundreds of thousands of liters of drinking water are currently running away. It was local resident Patrick De Poortere who noticed the leak on Monday morning. “The flow in the stream was extremely high and the quality of the water was particularly good. Water manager Farys was contacted and he did not notice the loss in their dispatching. During a site visit, however, it was noted that the flow rate of the water on the meadow and in the neighboring stream was extremely high. Further investigation was necessary and it came to light that there is a water pipe break in the pipe that runs towards Ronse.”
There is no time to lose and this evening at 11 pm major work will start to close the leak. Large equipment was brought to the site, such as ramps and lighting. According to our sources, another hundreds of thousands of liters of water will have to be drained this evening before the sealing can be started.
It is not clear how long the leak has been present, but it could be several weeks. The flow rate of the loss would be around 200,000 liters per hour.
The stream in which most of the water ends up and which flows further into the Zwalm River will temporarily create a clearer watercourse.