Water main on Monterey Street repaired early Sunday morning

Businesses along three blocks lost water pressure Saturday

newsroom@thetribunenews.comSeptember 21, 2013 

UPDATE: The water main was fixed on Monterey Street and service restored at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, according to Wade Horton, city water division manager.

Original story: A water main break Saturday afternoon sent water gushing up through the pavement on Monterey Street, causing city officials to close a one-block stretch of the road between California Boulevard and Pepper Street. A city public works crew was repairing the break on Saturday evening.

Carrie Mattingly, director of utilities for the city of San Luis Obispo, said she hoped to have the pipe fixed by about 11 p.m. Businesses along a three-block stretch of Monterey Street were affected but most were closed by early evening.

The break was first reported to San Luis Obispo police at about 4:30 p.m., Sgt. Jeff Booth said, and repair work began a couple of hours later. By 7 p.m., water pressure had been turned down very low as workers dug out the 10-inch cast iron pipe, vacuumed out water and tried to locate the break, Mattingly said.

She said a hole in the pipe could be quickly repaired by installing a clamp, but a break along the length of the pipe would require replacing that length of pipeline. In either case, she expected the work to be completed by the end of the evening.

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