Water main break destroys street near Los Angeles, California - July 29, 2014    

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Since 2013, a conspicuous number of water main breaks and sinkholes have been reported across the U.S.  While water lines commonly rupture during winter months, especially in regions experiencing subfreezing temperatures, large water mains are fracturing in southern states where ground temperatures remain above freezing.

Notable water main breaks and sinkholes during the first 6 days of 2013:


January 1

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - "Super Sinkhole Walter" and 40 Others

Harrisburg officials expect it will take several weeks to repair damage from a massive sinkhole that forced dozens of residents to evacuate.

The city’s Department of Public Works said it could be another 30 days before water, sewer and gas lines are replaced in the neighborhood where the sinkhole is causing problems.  "Super Sinkhole Walter," as the North Fourth Street collapse has been called, is big enough to have its own Foursquare check-in location.

On Thursday, the massive hole partially swallowed a construction backhoe.

The hole opened Monday morning, and later opened a bigger hole.

A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson said the city must replace the entire water and sewer system lines on the block.
The spokesman, Robert Philbin, said new water and sewer lines will not be working for five to six weeks.

These two large sinkholes in the 2100 block of North Fourth Street are among at least 40 sinkholes covered by steel plates citywide, according to Kevin Hagerich, director of the city’s Department of Public Works.

Interactive Map of Known Sinkholes in Harrisburg







January 3

Malibu, California - Recurring Water Main Breaks

Another water main break in Malibu collapsed part of John Tyler Drive as crews worked to repair the leak.

A broken water main and partially collapsed road have narrowed traffic to one lane on Malibu Country Drive near John Tyler Drive.

Between 30 and 35 customers in Malibu Country Estates are without water. Los Angeles County Public Works received a call about a partially collapsed roadway on Malibu Country Drive at 9:30 a.m, according to spokesman Mike Kaspar.

Kaspar said the road is cut down to one lane for approximately 100 yards.

This is the second water main break reported in Malibu in as many days. On Wednesday, the main that supplies water to the Adamson House broke and employees from Public Works worked overnight on a temporary fix and permanent reroute of the underground pipeline. Westbound traffic on Pacific Coast Highway was cut down to one lane between Malibu Inn and Serra Road while crews made the repair.




Grand Rapids, Michigan - Big Hole / Deep Water

A water main break has closed the westbound lanes of 44th Street between Division Avenue and U.S. 131 in Wyoming, Michigan

A broken valve is causing complications in repairing the break in a 16-inch water main and the road may be closed until Saturday, authorities now say.

The valve, which broke in a partially-closed position, must be replaced before the water main can be fixed, Wyoming Director of Public Works William Dooley said in a statement on Friday, Jan. 4.

The water main broke area of 44th Street SW and Clay Avenue on Thursday.

The westbound lanes of 44th Street are closed near Clay Avenue, and Clay is closed from 44th Street north to Louisiana Avenue.

Dooley said the repair is taking much longer than anticipated because of the valve problem. Water is still flowing from the main because the valve cannot be closed.

A private contractor has been called to help city crews and they expect to fix the valve this afternoon.

Dooley said the water main break has not affected drinking water to area residents.

“Once the valve has been replaced, we will start work to repair the water main and hope to have that wrapped up yet today. We recognize and apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused to businesses, area residents and motorists and are working as quickly as we can to return things to normal," Dooley said in the statement.




January 4

New Orleans, Louisiana - Cajun Geyser

A water main break in the middle of Adams Street near Maple poured water into the streets Friday afternoon.

Sewerage and Water Board crews arrived on the scene around 1:30 pm to address the incident.

An hour or so later, the break erupted into a full-blown geyser, showering Adams Street with water.

Water was rising on the sides of the street near several Uptown businesses, creeping up on the tires of some cars.





January 5

Atlanta, Georgia

A massive water main break caused headaches for both residents and drivers on Clairmont Road in Chamblee, more than 24 hours after it first happened.

A huge hole opened up in the road between Airport Road and Wingate Road Saturday morning. Residents in the area were without water for much of the weekend after the 30-inch water main break.

DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan told Channel 2 Action News that they first had to clear out the water from the hole to determine the cause before they could begin repairing it. Major damage to the road and the sidewalk could still be seen well into Sunday morning.

Brennan says the pipe's age could have been a factor in the break.

Police were on the scene to re-direct traffic away from the area near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.



Sacramento, California

Water main break floods East Sacramento neighborhood

A 16-inch water main broke Saturday morning, turning two streets into ponds and damaging several homes along 39th and D Streets.



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says that a 30-inch line broke in the Oakland/Bloomfield area near the South Millvale Bridge at Morewood Street.

Two Port Authority stations and a portion of bus routes were closed after the water main break.

The break happened in North Oakland around 6 a.m. and the Neville Ramp, Herron and Negley Port Authority stations were closed as a result, our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report.

The East Liberty station is as far as inbound buses can go and outbound buses will make it to the 26th Street Ramp, the Post-Gazette says.

Officials said the water main break exposed a 24-inch Equitable gas line.

“Public Safety is our No. 1 concern,” Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Director of Operations Tom Palmosina said in a press release. “PWSA crew responded immediately and began isolating the leak.”

PWSA officials said that all efforts are being focused on the gas line.



January 6

Seattle, Washington

A large water main break on Sunday caused the closure of State Route 20 in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal.

Around 3 a.m., Police and Public Works responded to the 1800 block of Water Street where the break was reported near the Tides Inn and Suites.

Portions of State Route 20 pavement were raised several inches above the original road bed as pressure from the water pushed up to the surface. When crews first arrived on scene they found water running west down the road. At least one business, The Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, had flood damage as water rushed into the building.

The closure affects commuters traveling to the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route.  Detour routes for ferry traffic have been set up through city streets.

Water to at least a dozen businesses and residents was shut off but was restored by 3:30 p.m.

The Department of Transportation will not have materials available to begin repairing the highway until sometime Monday, according to Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT communications manager.

Detours will remain in place until crews determine the road is safe to reopen, which would occur Monday at the earliest.

The cause of the break is under investigation.


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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 1, 2014 at 12:10am


SE D.C. Sinkhole Could Take 7-10 Days to Repair

Portion of Massachusetts Ave. SE closed to traffic

Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 3:06 PM EST

DDOT says a large sinkhole along Fort Dupont Park in southeast Washington could take a week to 10 days to repair. 

The sinkhole seemed to be contained to the side of the road, but officials are concerned vehicles traveling on the roadway could cause the erosion to expand to the area underneath the road. News4's Megan McGrath spotted long cracks in the pavement on Massachusetts Avenue SE, a sign the roadway may already be compromised and unsafe.

The curb has already pulled away from the road, leaving a gap between it and the roadway.

A road closure was ordered to help prevent any further damage. Massachusetts Avenue between 34th Place and N Street could be closed for days as crews shore up the sinkhole. Residents can still access their homes despite the closure.

DC Water says an 8-inch water main break caused the sinkhole; the main has since been repaired.

Drivers can use Branch Avenue or Fort Dupont as an alternate

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 17, 2014 at 4:46am


Water main break near Union Square forces street closures, subway disruptions

The 1800s era pipe burst on 5th Ave. near E. 13th St. Leaking began just after midnight and took five hours to bring flood of water under control. MTA has rerouted several train lines in the area.


A water main break flooded streets near Union Square and snarled transit in the area early Wednesday morning, officials said.  The force of the pipe rupturing was so powerful that it raised and ripped the asphalt above, trapping a taxi on the incline.

The 137-year-old pipe burst shortly after midnight on Fifth Ave. near 13th St., prompting 60 FDNY members to respond to the deluge of water, officials said.

Water is pumped out of a hole in the middle of Fifth Avenue after a water main bursts Wednesday in lower Manhattan, flooding between 12th and 14th Sts.

Water is pumped out of a hole in the middle of Fifth Avenue after a water main bursts Wednesday in lower Manhattan, flooding between 12th and 14th Sts.

Water from the 36-inch-wide pipe flooded a nearby parking garage that an employee said had 60 cars inside.

Water from the 36-inch-wide pipe flooded a nearby parking garage that an employee said had 60 cars inside.

Workers excavate to get to the 137-year-old water main in lower Manhattan.

Workers excavate to get to the 137-year-old water main in lower Manhattan.

The busy thoroughfare was closed between E. 12th St. and E. 14th St. as FDNY and officials with the city Department of Environmental Protection worked on containing the streaming water, fire officials said.

At least five feet of water had filled Central Parking garage on E. 13 St., even after the leak was contained. An employee who declined to give his name said about 60 cars were parked in the murky depths.

The seesawing temperatures and the 36-inch-wide cast iron line's age likely lead to the early morning accident. The pipe was installed in 1877 and dates to city's first plumbing installation, the Croton Water Supply System, a DEP official said.

It was installed the same year Crazy Horse and his warriors fought their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on January 7, 2014 at 10:10am

(They can’t blame this one on the cold)

Water Main Break Disrupts Service in Pacific Beach

 A water main break in Pacific Beach today is leaving dozens of customers without water service.

A six-inch diameter, cast-iron water main broke at about 12:35 p.m. on Del Rey Street. About 47 people on the 3400-3500 blocks are affected.

Police is on the scene after responding to a report of water coming out of a manhole cover. They are providing traffic control, and no evacuations have been issued.

Water department crews are responding and service is expected to be restored to all



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Comment by Derrick Johnson on January 2, 2014 at 7:53am

(can't blame these on the cold)

Water Main Break Closes Lanes of Friars Road


A water main break Tuesday caused problems overnight that trickled into Wednesday on a busy street in Mission Valley.

According to the water department, a 6-inch concrete pipe broke around 10 a.m. Tuesday on Friars Road, near the Cheesecake Factory entrance to Fashion Valley Mall.

Officials issued a Sig Alert for the area as crews worked to repair the break.

Two eastbound lanes in the 6900-7100 blocks of Friars Road were closed, creating a traffic back-up both on the street and in the mall. Police were on scene directing traffic.

Initially, repairs were expected to be completed by 10 p.m., however work in the area extended through overnight and into New Year's Day.

As of 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, officials said the Sig Alert was still in place, with just one lane open in both directions on Friars Road.

Officials said crews expect to have the water main fixed by noon, at which point the Sig Alert will be lifted


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Residents told to boil water as water main repairs continue


“MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Crews continue working to repair a water main that left several homes flooded on New Year's Day.

Residents were upset by what they call an hours-long response by officials, Wednesday morning, to shut off the gushing 8-inch water main. Though the water has since receded, by the evening afternoon, crews were still on the scene working to fix a the fractured pipe and restore water pressure to residents.

Asked why it took so long to respond, one worker with Miami-Dade Water and Sewer taking pictures of the scene said, "Well, it's valves that's buried, and we have old valves around the city that we have to dig up."

Help only arrived at the scene after the county was bombarded by phone calls from the affected homeowners living in the neighborhood off Northwest 191st Street and 38th Avenue. The break happened in the backyard of one of the homes, at around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to residents.

Residents said the water gushed for hours before it was sealed off with valves, at around 11 a.m. However, about a dozen homes would end up affected by this water main break. One resident even showed the damage inside her home.”





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Comment by Howard on December 23, 2013 at 8:17pm

Philadelphia Water Main Break Affects Thousands (Dec 22)

Water gushed from a massive water main break that left thousands of Philadelphia residents, businesses and dozens of schools for miles around without water the day before Christmas Eve.

The main, with authorities believed initially to be a 60-inch transmission main, turned out to be a 48-inch main that was connected to the major main. That pipe ruptured around 9 a.m. near Frankford and Torresdale Avenues in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

"It was a river," said Brian Pham, sales manager at Max's Auto Sales. At one point, water was chest-deep in the dealership's warehouse.

“It looks like you're looking off at the beach with the waves,” said a man who works in the area.

Within minutes, thousands lost water service around the city. The break affected water customers in eight different zip codes.

Philadelphia firefighters rescued people and children from nearby businesses.





Comment by Howard on December 13, 2013 at 8:48pm

6 Water Main Breaks Within 10 Hours Near San Francisco CA (Dec 13)
About 1,000 homes in Millbrae were without water this morning following a bizarre string of water main breaks that occurred overnight.

The first break occurred at 11:20 p.m. Thursday night in the vicinity of Camino Alto and Silva Court. A second water main break occurred at 1:20 a.m. today near the intersection of Loyola Drive and Murchison Avenue.

At 4 a.m., two lines had breaks, one at the intersection of Helen and Geraldine drives and one near the intersection of Larkspur and Ridgewood drives. The fifth break occurred at Millbrae Avenue and Minorca Way at 6 a.m. today, McCarron said. The sixth rupture happened at 8 a.m.

There is no estimate for when the lines will be completely repaired, McCarron said. He said the city is still not certain what caused the water mains to break.




Comment by Howard on November 26, 2013 at 6:07am

Water Main Break Closes U.S. Marine Base Main Entrance (Nov 25)
A massive sinkhole resulting from a water main break has prompted the closurse of the east gate to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar north of San Diego, California.

Water started bubbling up to the surface of the road Saturday morning.

Since then, crews have worked to clear the dirt around the water main break in an attempt to identify the source of the leak and fix it.

On Monday, the Public Affairs Officer for MCAS Miramar said base officials were not sure when the east entrance would open.



Comment by Chris on November 25, 2013 at 4:49pm

Russian water pipe bursts, causing car wreck (video)


Comment by Tracie Crespo on November 21, 2013 at 4:13am

And again...  Water main break AND sinkhole

Peirone Crescent Flooded in Chatham, Ontario - Nov 20

After a noise that some described as a freight train, a northeast Chatham neighbourhood quickly found itself underwater early Wednesday evening.

A watermain break appeared to be the culprit on Peirone Crescent, which is located off of Vanier Drive, with a sizable sinkhole also developing.

Resident Scott Parker, who was trying his best to clear water away with a rake, estimated the sinkhole— which was in his front yard — was about 10 feet deep.

He said he's never seen any flooding like this on his street before.

“I don't need (water) getting in my house,” he said. “They said they'd send somebody on their way.”

Whirlpools could be seen over the sewer grates, while many sections of the street that weren't flooded were still covered with mud.

“I thought there was a train coming through our house,” said Ruth, who didn't want her last name used.

She said that she and other residents still hadn't received help after about an hour.

Ruth's husband, Grant, was curious to see exactly how large the sinkhole was.

“When I came out, it was bubbling out of here, and bubbling out of there,” he said. “You could fill about 50 swimming pools with how much water was coming out.

“You'd think they'd be concerned with all the water they're losing.”

Several motorists unaware of the situation attempted to pass through, with people running up to stop them.

An official with the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission couldn't be reached for immediate comment on Tuesday night. The Chatham Daily News will have updates as they become available.


Comment by Howard on November 18, 2013 at 4:09am

Long before Planet X arrived in the inner solar system in 2003, water mains routinely failed due to temperature swings, over-pressure conditions and aging infrastructure. Even today, some water main failures occur for reasons other than the presence of Planet X. 

This blog portrays a significant increase of mostly extreme water main ruptures only since January 2013, yet clearly to a degree that is unprecedented.

For additional validation of the increased stress on mankind's infrastructure, review Sinkhole Incidents On the Rise from the beginning (page 52) that has been tracking such incidents since March 2011. 

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