Broken water main damages Vista street

Posted at 5:18 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 12:38:46-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A broken main spewed water nearly 50 feet into the air and onto a Vista street early Wednesday morning, affecting traffic in the area and leaving numerous customers without service.

Vista Irrigation District officials were notified of the break just after 4 a.m. in the 100 block of Copper Avenue. Crews arrived to find a nearly 50-foot geyser sending water into the street and causing some road damage.

Crews turned off the water at about 5:45 a.m., but 41 customers in the immediate area were left were left without water service.

As of 9:30 a.m., only 25 customers were without service.

One resident told 10News his water was discolored and appeared brown, but water officials said that was a result of sediment from the pipe being pushed through due to high pressure. Officials noted that the water was safe to consume and would eventually clear.

Officials told 10News crews were planning to install a new water line in the area when the current pipe ruptured due to a weak connection.

Because of the repair effort, traffic is being controlled in a section of West Vista Way and Copper Avenue through the day.