MORE than 8,000 homes were without water when a mains pipe burst as workmen tried to repair a corroded pipe.
Water was shooting out of the ground on New Lawn Road after the mains pipe Severn Trent employees were fixing burst.
Resident Kerry Wheatley said: “I looked out of the window and could see people out on the street and gathering around.
“I went out and saw the water just shooting up.
“It looked wonderful but then we realised there would be no water in the taps when we went back inside.”
Engineers from Severn Trent worked to restore supply and houses were reconnected within two hours.
A spokesman for the firm said: “We were conducting an under pressure repair to a hydrant using a new piece of equipment called the hydrant wizard which enables work to go ahead without having to disrupt water supply to customers.
“Unfortunately, the hydrant was so badly corroded that when the team started to work, it burst.
“As a result, water supply was interrupted to approximately 8,600 properties.
“Water was diverted from other areas into Ilkeston to get supplies back on as quickly as possible.”
Kerry added: “My youngest son James (8) loved watching it.
“We thought we’d be without water for hours but they did a really good job at getting supply back.”