Lafayette Water Main Breaks Affects Homes, Businesses

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Lafayette water main break

A Lafayette resident sweeps water out of his garage following a nearby water main break, July 7, 2011.

LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) – Water service was restored to customers in Lafayette Thursday morning after a water main broke Wednesday night, East Bay Municipal Utility District spokesman Charles Hardy said.

The break was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Mount Diablo Boulevard near Village Center, and the water line was shut down by about 11:30 p.m., EBMUD spokeswoman Andrea Pook said.

According to Hardy, 108 customers remained without water until about 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

Crews were able to divert water around the break to restore service, but still need to repair the 10-inch pipe, Hardy said.

Repairs were expected to be completed by about 7 p.m., but until then people should expect traffic delays on Mount Diablo Boulevard.

Some flooding was reported when the pipe broke, but Hardy said he hadn’t received any reports of property damage.

There was no obvious cause of the break, but Hardy said that isn’t unusual.

“We almost never know the cause,” he said. “We have 4,200 miles of pipe underground in our service area alone.”

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