Water leaks for hours in Los Osos after construction mishap
July 7, 2015
Water flowed into the streets of Los Osos for more than five hours Monday, following a construction accident in which a sewer repair contractor struck a water main. [Tribune]
The water main broke around 10:30 a.m. at Green Oaks Drive and Crest Avenue. Golden State Water Co., which owns the broken pipe, did not stop the flow of water until about 4 p.m.
Robert Freiler, a resident of the area, said water ran down the street, traveling about three blocks and into a gutter. The water did not flood any houses, but it took a long time to shut the valves off, Freiler said.
About 50 customers in the Bayridge Estates neighborhood lost water after Golden State shut off the stream in the broken pipe. The water company said it hoped to have water restored to customers by Monday evening.
Contractor Specialty Construction caused the water main break. The Los Osos Community Services District is paying Specialty Construction to repair decades-old sewer lines that were installed in anticipation of a sewage treatment system.
Workers must raise the old lines in order to hook up them up to the county sewer system that is currently under construction.