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New: Berkeley Water Main Break: No Problemo

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BPN)
Tuesday February 25, 2014 - 09:51:00 AM

A water main break in Berkeley on Friday afternoon was completely repaired by early Saturday morning, an East Bay Municipal Utility District spokeswoman said today. 

The break, which was reported in the 1600 block of Parker Street at 4:08 p.m. Friday, initially caused about 35 customers to lose water service but all but 10 of those customers had their service resumed by early Friday evening, water agency spokeswoman Andrea Pook said. 

EBMUD crews continued fixing the six-inch water main throughout the night and service was restored to everyone in the affected area on Parker Street between McGee Avenue and California Street by 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Pook said. 

Berkeley fire officials reported that initially it appeared that the water main break didn't damage any homes or cars but Pook said one person said it might have caused some damage to his property so EBMUD officials gave him information in case he wants to file a claim. 

The cause of the break hasn't been determined, Pook said. She said many water main breaks are cause by age or soil movement but she doesn't know if that was the case in the Berkeley incident.