Witness a Water Main Break in San Diego? What to Do First
With San Diego’s extreme drought situation, it is dismaying that water main breaks still occur.
In September of 2015, Ocean Beach made the news due to a water main break that flooded the major intersections of Nimitz Blvd. and West Point Loma Blvd., causing local residents to endure a whole day without running water in their homes. And in June of 2015, downtown San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood suffered through a water main break that resulted in the loss of more than 380,000 gallons of water.
The San Diego’s Public Utilities Department even admitted that, from 2012 until the present, an estimated 35.3 million gallons of water has been wasted because of water main breaks. Unfortunately, this increased frequency of water main breaks occurs because many of San Diego’s mains materials contain older, decaying asbestos cement or the dated cast iron material. These tips will help you take action when you see a water main break in your neighborhood.
Citizen Action Steps for a San Diego Water Main Break
- First, call the San Diego’s Public Utility Department 24-hour telephone hotline at (619) 515-3525. They will then send a dispatcher to investigate, and possibly even fix the problem (if the water main leak is on the city’s property and not your own private property).
- Turn off the water supply to your home until a professional plumber arrives (if the damage is on your private property).
- Until the problem is resolved, do not use your any of the water from your home’s faucets or pipes, and only drink from bottled water (it is a good idea to have a large supply of emergency drinking water on hand).
- When the water pressure comes back, you should run the cold water faucets for about three-to-five minutes to flush out any contaminants. Do not run the hot water faucets right away, as the contaminants may be brought into your hot water heater, causing further disruptions.
- If after five minutes the running cold water still appears discolored or has an odd odor to it, call the Public Utility Department again (or your plumber if the leak is on your own personal property).
A water main leak can cause private and city property damage, including yard and hoem flooding, contaminated drinking water, reduced water pressure, and, of course, increased water bill expenses. Hopefully these 5 steps will help ease the confusion in the event that a water main break directly affects you.
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