San Diego’s Old Pipes Problem

the city says "there's not enough money" to repair

NORTH PARK (KUSI) – A water main break this morning in the San Diego community of North Park is shining the light once again, on the aging pipelines beneath San Diego.

The 24-inch water main break jetted out a rush of water and caused a large sinkhole in North Park early Thursday morning.  The water flooded homes, cars and closed down businesses for several hours before being shut off.  San Diego Gas & Electric crews shut off power to four apartment complexes and nearby businesses as a precaution.

With more than 3,000 miles of pipeline beneath the streets of San Diego, San Diego City Council member Christopher Ward told KUSI that they simply don’t have the money to replace the aging infrastructure.

In some cases the cast iron pipes are nearly 100 years old.

The city told us there will never be a time they aren’t replacing the old, outdated pipes.

San Diego has spent nearly $380 million to repair and replace 100’s of miles of water pipes in the past 4 years.

It’s the 2nd time a water main break of this size has happened in the North Park area since 2017.  The last one was a 30 inch gusher that closed down North Park for most of the day.

San Diego City Council member Christopher Ward said the city hopes to have all the cast iron distribution lines replaced by 2019.

Public utility crews will be working throughout the night to repair the line and the streets.

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