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Issue 2/2006, February 16 2006 (No. 208)
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Failures (1)
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A mistake was done. Whoopee.
Notice of correction, TAZ February 1 2006

When I went to do my job as a paper man in the early morning of December 20 2006, I saw that the cycleway at the corner of Stader Road and Bismarck Road was closed. Pools of water were on the cycleway.
 
I came past that place again at noon. Part of the cycleway and of the road surface were torn up.One could see, that the asphalt surface was about 30 centimetres thick. Below the asphalt surface was a layer of stones and gravel. A roadworker told me that this layer was similar to the bank reinforcement of the Weser river. He also told me that a burst pipe was the reason for the roadworks.
 

 
The next day in the afternoon the excavation at the street corner was filled in again and the cycleway was in part paved again. Near the pole of the stoplights lay a piece of pipe, which was obviously detached from the mains.
 
The next day in the afternoon the excavation at the street corner was filled in again. The cycleway was in part paved again. At the roadside I saw a piece of pipe, which was obviously detached from the mains. A roadworker told me that the mains actually were running underneath of the crossroads to the houses over the road. One of the roadworkers told me that they had detached a piece of pipe at the line of breakage. They closed the two openings.The mains underneath of the crossroads will be replaced later. Then they will connect again the detached pipes.
 
The next morning I revisited the roadworks. There was a big lorry. The gap in the road surface was already filled with asphalt. A roadworker told me that the asphalt had been delivered on lorry . A roadworker was heating bitumen compound by means of a gas burner.
 
 

 
A look at the newly excaveted hole, the asphalt surface was about 30 centimetres thick.
 
The water supply is organized like a wide network. If a section doesn't work, in the majority of cases the water will be by-passed through sections which are in good working order. This way the consumers mostly get water in spite of a failure.
 

 
A roadworker poured the liquid in the gap between the road surface and the 'patch'
 
Then he poured the liquid in the gap between the road surface and the 'patch'. A few hours later the road blocks were cleared away. The work was finished.
(My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)

Revisited places (16)

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Building workers at a construction site in Cambodia take water for drinking, cooking and washing out of a 55-gallon drum. Please have a look at 'Daily life in Cambodia 2005', entry November 28 2005 The link leads to the latest entry of the diary.

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