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Broken Westside Water Main
updated: Feb 07, 2013, 8:19 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I woke up at 5am to find there is no water pressure, near Gillespie & Valerio. Walked out to investigate: broken water main, 1800 block of Gillespie. Overheard someone say water wont be back on until after noon. (It was dark, so not sure who that was or if it is "official",)

Reports from Edhat subscribers:

  • Water main break 6:00am on West side SB - 1800 block of Gillespie. No water service available until afternoon most likely. Hard way to start the day. I'm looking for my water bottle so I can brush my teeth. Luckily I took a shower last night. Called the City emergency number and they have no idea when water service will be available.

  • The water is shut off in my neighborhood (Westside). Has a main broken?

  • Our Westside neighborhood is without water this morning due to a water main break. How widespread is it?

  • Why are the streets on the Westside all wet and muddy? Was there a water main break?

    Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

     COMMENT 371752 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:28 AM

    What's up is that we do not spend enough money on infrastructure. Instead we spend money on pet projects and overpaid consultants, giveaway after giveaway... The entire country is living on infrastructure built in the early 1900's...we're going to fall apart in the coming years.

    While we racked up all the debt over the last 30 years we didnt do it by planning or building for our future. We did it to pad the bank accounts of far too many for far too little. And now we're screwed.

    / rant


     COMMENT 371757 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:35 AM

    +1 752. Yep, these things happen - result = bleak future.


     COMMENT 371758 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:36 AM

    I live 2 blocks away and the water was on. But, the streets are very muddy.


     COMMENT 371763 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:52 AM

    Good wake up call to have your emergency supplies ready. Good thing that we had some "earthquake water" in the garage, and a good reminder to replenish/replace it occasionally. Ours is probably 5 years old.


     COMMENT 371765 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:55 AM

    Oh, oh.....no water= no coffee, no shower or hair wash, no tooth brushing......this is where good neighbors come in handy. Maybe the neighbors who do have water can offer a little hospitality or if you belong to a gym you have an opportunity at least to start your day off with a morning shower before work. Good luck and hope you all get your water back on soon.


     COMMENT 371785 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 09:36 AM

    I have my many gallons of emergency supply water that I can turn to in an event like this. Everyone should have this. I don't have room inside my house, so my emergency supply kit is inside a sealed trashcan with a lid that I store in the yard.

    Water is on at the 1000 block of Chino.


     COMMENT 371839 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 11:14 AM

    @752 agree! SB has crummy infrastructure but City and County employees have really great job security, benefits, and pensions. Not that the private sector wouldn't do worse (oh, and would it ever do worse -- look at the utilities) -- but our entire civilization is built upon being able to flush the toilet, use electricity, and have tap water. Unfortunately the infrastructure for those things has not been and is not being maintained. Now there's no money for it.


     COMMENT 371850 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 11:35 AM

    The City replaces approximately 1 mile of water mains per year. That would be considered upgrading infrastructure, right?


     COMMENT 371945 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 02:41 PM

    @850 that depends on how many miles of water mains there are, vs. the age of the water mains in general, where the mains are being replaced, how it is determined which mains are replaced -- e.g. based on failure rates, or age, or what? If 75% of the water mains are 40+ years old, then replacing a mile a year is not attacking the problem. Not enough information on the subject to know the answer.


     COMMENT 372034 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 06:30 PM

    6:30 pm and still no water, but a lot of air coming out of the faucet.


     COMMENT 372063 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-07 08:30 PM

    The senior staff and some city council members have decided to spend our water funds for endless lawyers and litigation and propaganda campaigns attempting to fight the endangered species act instead of repairing our essential infrastructure of pipes and valves.


     COMMENT 372110P agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-08 07:22 AM

    Water funds are provided by rate payers, and the City staff has a long range plan for replacing water pipes. They don't spend our rate payer money on propaganda and litigation. It takes many years to replace a water system that is over 100 yrs old in some areas.


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