What happened in Blyth v Birmingham Waterworks?
The defendant had installed a fireplug into the hydrant near Mr Blyth’s house. That winter, during a severe frost, the plug failed causing a flood and damage to Mr Blyth’s house. Blyth sued the Waterworks for negligence
What is the general rule set out in Blyth v Birmingham Waterworks?
The Court held that Birmingham Waterworks Co had done everything a reasonable person would have in the situation. There was no negligence as there had been no breach of duty; it was simply an accident.