MCE leaking sea water? It's just the sprinklers

MCE leaking sea water? It's just the sprinklers

SINGAPORE - Rumours circulating on social media that there's a leak at the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) were actually caused by sprinklers triggered accidentally on Monday.

A video circulating on Facebook and the Internet showed water raining down one portion of the expressway on Monday. This made some people think that the expressway, which is partly undersea, had sprung a leak and that sea water was pouring into the tunnel.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday that the water was from a fire-fighting system that was triggered accidentally by a contractor at about 12.15pm on Monday. LTA said the system was "immediately switched off" and normal traffic condition resumed.

The Straits Times reported that the "deluge system" triggered was "essentially an oversized fire sprinkler system that dispenses 350 litres of water a second".

Some users on the Internet were also quick to point out that the water seen in the video was from a sprinkler system, citing the "nice spray in a circle".

LTA cheekily suggested in its Facebook post that drivers head to their regular petrol station instead if they want to wash their cars.

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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