Another water main breaks in downtown SLO
August 18, 2016
For the second time in the past three months a water main ruptured in downtown San Luis Obispo. A water main break Wednesday afternoon flooded the 1300 block of Chorro Street.
Around 4:30 p.m., flooding began on Chorro Street between Pacific and Pismo streets. Several cars were parked on the block at the time.
City workers responded to the scene and repaired the pipe, but the block of Chorro Street remained closed overnight, according to the San Luis Obispo Public Works Department.
In June, a 10-inch water main broke, flooding a block of Higuera Street shortly before Farmers’ Market. The broken pipe prevented F. McClintocks from serving food at Farmers’ Market.
A larger rupture occurred in May 2015, which caused 350,000 gallons of water to spill in downtown San Luis Obispo. That pipe had been installed in 1942.
City officials have said multiple times that pipes in San Luis Obispo are showing their age. Following the 2015 incident, Aaron Floyd, the city’s deputy water director, said it would cost $1 million per mile to replaces the city’s aging pipes. There are about 145 miles of pipeline in the city.