Water Line Break
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
A water line broke on New Year’s Eve at the intersection of 4th Street and Central Avenue. It was repaired overnight and back on line by 8:00 a.m. New Year’s Day. The Public Works employees gave up their holiday evening and New Year’s Day was shot after working through the night, according to Bert Rapp, Director of Public Works. The water main was installed in the 1920’s and was a 10” diameter cast iron pipe. The city is unsure as to why the line broke, said Rapp. The city had replaced a portion of the pipe from River Street to Sespe Avenue this past summer with the Central Avenue Storm Drain project. Rapp also stated that the city would like to replace the entire pipe up Morris Drive but does not have the money for the project at this time. They will be applying for an infrastructure grant to fund the replacement, if they get the opportunity.
Above is another angle of how far the hole from the water line break went across Central Avenue. Crews worked through the night to have it back on line by 8:00 am New Year’s Day.