An estimated 75,000 gallons of water was lost early Tuesday in San Luis Obispo when the driver of a delivery truck reportedly backed into a fire hydrant, sending water gushing onto Hind Lane.
San Luis Obispo Water Distribution Operator Casey Nance said a business owner on Hind Lane observed the accident and reported it about 7:30 a.m.
Utilities staff responded to turn the hydrant off, a process that takes 25 to 30 minutes for safety reasons. Meanwhile, water flowed down Long Street and reached Tank Farm Road, Nance said.
The hydrant is currently out of service while staff conducts tests to make sure nothing got into the water line while the water was shut off, he said. It should be back in service Thursday.
The truck driver left the scene after the incident, Nance said, but apparently returned later to continue deliveries to another business. Police responded but Nance didn’t know whether the driver was cited.
Nance said the city would pursue cost recovery for damage to the hydrant and the water. He said the cost to repair the hydrant, including labor, would likely run a couple hundred dollars. The cost estimate of the lost water was not immediately available.