A construction company repairing old sewer lines in Los Osos struck a water main Monday, causing water to flow from a pipe for hours.
Specialty Construction caused the break at Green Oaks Drive and Crest Avenue about 10:30 a.m. The water main is owned by Golden State Water Co., which shut down the gushing flow of water about 4 p.m.
About 50 customers in the Bayridge Estates neighborhood were affected. Golden State hoped to have water back on by Monday evening.
Robert Freiler, whose water at home was shut off because of the break, said water was running down the street for about three blocks into a gutter.
“It didn’t flood any houses, and some people were putting sandbags up to protect their homes,” Freiler said. “But we’ve been hit hard with our water costs here, and this is a shame to lose all this water. It took a long time for the valves to get shut off.”
The Los Osos Community Services District owns the sewer piping and contracted Specialty Construction to repair the sagging lines installed decades ago in preparation for installation of a sewage treatment system.
The older sewer lines are still usable but needed to be lifted for use when they hook up to a new county sewer system, according to the Los Osos Community Services District.