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Old 02-08-2003, 01:17 PM   #11
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Fm ST, 1st Aug 2003

Free HDB pipe repairs end

HOUSING Board flat residents have to revert to paying for the repair of leaking sewage pipes in their flats, now that the Sars situation has improved.

The HDB and town councils had been doing pipe repairs for free since April because of concerns that the Sars virus could spread through the sanitary system. They stop doing so from today.

HDB said it had fixed more than 1,400 leaks during this period, at a cost of about $35,000.

East Coast Town Council said it saw to an average of six leaks a day between April 19 and July 26, for both main sewage pipes and branch pipes, while Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council said it had had only four reported cases.

Main sewage pipes - which are common property - are taken care of by town councils, but pipes within a flat are the responsibility of the flat owner.


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