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The water in your pipes is under pressure so that it comes out of the tap when you turn it on. If there is a hole in the pipe (i.e. a leak) then the water will come out under pressure, the same as if you turned on your tap - if this hole faces upwards then there will be a jet or water like a fountain. The height of this jet is dependant upon the pressure of the water

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