Unexpected leak leaves Squirrel Creek houses without water | TheUnion.com

Unexpected leak leaves Squirrel Creek houses without water

NID's water broke Monday morning on Squirrel Creek Road near Owl Road, that shot water above the power lines and across the road. Grass Valley Fire Station 1 engine and NID personal responded to the break, and water water was shut off about 2--30 minutes after the call.
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

Roughly 10 households along Squirrel Creek Road had their water service shut off Monday morning after a leak was reported to the Nevada Irrigation District. Brian Powell, NID’s maintenance manager, said it was a 4-inch steel pipe they already had plans to repair.

The incident was brought to their attention at approximately 7:30 a.m., but repair efforts were complicated by the presence of a gas line owned by Pacific Gas & Electric.

“We’re getting PG&E and other agencies out there to locate their system so we can do our digging,” Powell said. “As soon as we get the okay to dig, we’ll do a repair.”

Monday afternoon, Powell said he expected to restore water service to affected households by the end of the day. The leak was believed to be in just one location, which should make it relatively easy to fix.

“We’re just going to put a band on the pipe to fix the leak we have right now, and then we’ll come back in the next year or so to take care of the rest of it,” he said.

He added that the leak is in a 600-foot segment that is slated for replacement in the next six to 12 months.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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