Oslo utility company Hafslund blamed vandals for a major leak in its hot water system on Tuesday but later had to retract its claim. Further inspection of the system revealed that vandals hadn’t clogged a key pipe after all, and the reason for the leak remained unclear.
“We aren’t pleased that we’ve had two major leaks during the past half-year,” Truls Jemtland of Hafslund, who’d blamed vandals himself on Tuesday, told newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday. “Now we just have to find the reason for new leak and put new measures in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Hafslund was cited by state energy authority NVE for 11 irregularities in maintenance routines following a major leak last winter. Hafslund was given until September 1 to correct them and claims it now has doubled its inspections and divided up its hot water distribution network to make it less vulnerable to leaks. “We’re also working on new alarm systems in order to find indications of leaks at an earlier stage,” Jemtland said.