Berkeley: Water main break leaves 15 without water

BERKELEY (KRON/BCN) — More than a dozen customers in a Berkeley neighborhood were without water on Friday morning, after a water main ruptured because of seismic activity and other factors, according to the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. on Seventh Street near Virginia Street.

EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said 15 homes had lost access to water service due to the main break.

Water district officials say recent seismic activity contributed to the break. Other factors include the pipe’s age, corrosion, and surrounding soil conditions, according to Figueroa.

EBMUD officials expect the water main to be repaired by Friday afternoon.

“These types of repairs usually take about eight hours unless crews find the pipe in worse condition,” Figueroa said.

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