A broken main caused water to gush into a street in Rancho Cordova for five hours Monday, from 3 to 8 a.m.
The main began leaking outside Gary Parker’s house in the 3000 block of Ramsgate Way on Sunday morning, slowly bubbling throughout the day. A California American Water representative examined the leak at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, but believed it to be a small service leak that could wait a couple of days for repair, company spokesman Evan Jacobs said.
Parker, 75, watched as water filled the gutters and created cracks in the pavement. By 4 p.m. Sunday, half-inch bubbles were popping up from under the concrete and small ponds were collecting in parts of the street.
The main burst open at around 3 a.m. on Monday, propelling water high into the air. Service crews did not respond until around 7 a.m., Parker said.
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“It was shooting up six feet in the air. I mean, it looked like Old Faithful,” Parker said.
Brass connectors from the water main had broken off and flown 15 feet toward Parker’s home. The water company needed to wait for gas and electricity providers to mark their lines before digging into the ground to repair the break, Jacobs said. The company supplied bottled water to the neighborhood until it could restore water – something it expected to do by midafternoon Monday. No estimate had been made on how much water was lost.
“Any loss of water during the current drought is regrettable, but we’re glad that we were able to get out there and fix this problem as quickly as we can,” Jacobs said.