PLEASANT HILL -- A broken water main left six homes without water Tuesday as crews continued repairs from the break that started the night before.
The broken main was discovered about 11 p.m. Monday at 6 Pomfret Walk, a home in a Pleasant Hill cul-de-sac, said Abby Figueroa, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.
The main is a 6-inch concrete line, about the size that normally feeds water to a single house, Figueroa said. It wasn't clear what had caused the rupture, and repairs were completed by mid-afternoon Tuesday, she said.
Crews had been forced to dig into ground around the line, and repairs took a little longer than usual as a result, Figueroa said.
The extent of the water damage wasn't immediately clear; several homes in the area had taken in some water before fire crews and police helped residents place sandbags to protect their property.
"We have more than 4,100 miles of pipeline running through the East Bay," Figueroa said. "Pipes break. But there are a lot of reasons why it could happen: it could be age, because we have very old systems in parts. Pleasant Hill isn't that old, though, certainly not compared to downtown Berkeley or Oakland."
Anybody wishing to report damage is asked to call EBMUD's risk management office at 510-287-0175.
Anyone who sees a leak or a broken line should call the utility's 24-hour hotline at 866-40-EBMUD, or 866-403-2683, Figureroa said.
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