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Emergency Water Supply Pipe Breaks, Floods Byrant Street In San Francisco During Pressure Testing

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) –  Water has been shut off after a burst pipe flooded a street in San Francisco Thursday morning, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said.

The main break occurred around 8:40 a.m. at Bryant and Alameda streets near the Potrero Center shopping center, according to SFPUC
spokeswoman Jean Walsh.

The 16-inch pipe is 110-miles long and part of the Auxiliary Water Supply System that was being pressure tested Thursday morning, according to Walsh.

The water supply system is used for firefighting and other emergencies. No drinking water was lost but 100,000 gallons of non-potable water poured out.

The break has since been found, the water has been turned off and repairs were underway, Walsh said late Thursday morning.

The burst pipe flooded the street which remained closed to traffic.

No SFPUC customers were affected by the break, she said.

San Francisco Municipal Railway service was re-routed on the 27-Bryant and 9-San Bruno lines, according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

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