Crews determine cause of water main break

A water main rupture that sprayed a San Francisco intersection with water this morning occurred because the pipe is old and made of
materials no longer used by the city, a water department official said.

The 2-inch plastic main ruptured at about 5:40 a.m. at Mission and Randall streets, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission.

Crews today were repairing the pipe, which is made of an older plastic material, SFPUC spokeswoman Suzanne Gautier said. She said the agency no longer installs plastic pipes, but that this pipe will be fixed rather than replaced.

Gautier said the leak has been stopped and there was no interruption to water service. She could not say how much water leaked.

Don Nugent, a manager at Don's Auto Service, said that as of about 8:30 a.m., water was running down the street, but that it looked like crews had almost finished stopping the leak.

He said repair crews blocked at least one lane on Mission Street while they worked.

Bay Area NewsLocalMissionPUC

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Superintendent Vincent Matthews said some students and families who want to return will not be able to do so at this time. “We truly wish we could reopen schools for everyone,” he said. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD sets April reopening date after reaching tentative agreement with teachers union

San Francisco Unified School District has set April 12 as its reopening… Continue reading

José Victor Luna and Maria Anabella Ochoa, who cite health reasons for continuing distance learning, say they have been enjoying walking in Golden Gate Park with their daughters Jazmin, a first grader, and Jessica, a third grader. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some SFUSD families prefer distance learning

Health issues, classroom uncertainties among reasons for staying home

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation intended to help California schools reopen. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Newsom signs $6.6 billion school reopening legislative package

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Gov. Gavin Newsom and state… Continue reading

Recology executives have acknowledged overcharging city ratepayers. (Mira Laing/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Recology to repay customers $95M in overcharged garbage fees, city attorney says

San Francisco’s waste management company, Recology, has agreed to repay its customers… Continue reading

Most Read