Water service restored to 500 after pipe is fixed in El Dorado County

Workers repair pipe in El Dorado County
Workers repair pipe in El Dorado County El Dorado Irrigation District

Repairs were made Wednesday to a ruptured water pipe, restoring service to 500 customers who went without water for more than a day in a portion of El Dorado County.

The fix was made and lines recharged with water for the 500 customers in the El Dorado Irrigation District in the early morning hours Wednesday. Voluntary cutbacks for an additional 5,700 customers, who had been asked to limit water use, were also lifted.

The water line broke early Monday morning in a remote area east of Diamond Springs.

The now-restored pipeline is a half-mile south of Pleasant Valley Road in a steep, wooded area.

Crews thought they had fixed the problem once, but the repair failed. The final fix was made early Wednesday morning by crews who worked long into the night.

With the restoration of normal pressure, water may be slightly discolored or there may be air in the pipes. To fix that, customers should allow an outside faucet to run until the water is clear or the air has escaped, according to district officials.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews