Gas restored to more than 100 Atascadero customers, 600 more to go

More than 100 Atascadero customers who lost gas service to their homes and businesses after a break in the line Sunday have had their service restores, said an spokesman for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas).

The company still has yet to restore service to 600 customers, but has set Saturday as a goal to restore all service in Atascadero.

The initial number of properties impacted with water mixed with their gas lines was 750 customers.

Affected customers either work or live in an area around the city’s downtown area that runs about a mile from El Camino Real north to Sycamore Road, and from Highway 41 to a half-mile west to Traffic Way.

John Neil, general manager for Atascadero Mutual Water Co., said an 8-inch waterline at the intersection of Entrada and Lewis avenues developed a hole and started blasting water, mixing with surrounding sand and gravel.

The high-pressured leak was located below a two-inch gas main, which sandblasted a rupture in the gas line.

The cause of the waterline leak is unknown and being investigated, but Neil said that waterlines in that area of town date to the 1920s, although much of the community’s water pipes were replaced from the 1960s to ’80s.

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