Water line break

South Green Street was closed between Linoberg and Bradford streets for most of the morning and afternoon Friday as Tuolumne Utilities District maintenance crews worked to repair a waterline break in the same location as two previous breaks that occurred a week earlier.

Doug Everhart, construction maintenance foreman for TUD, said they received a call just before 9 a.m. on Friday reporting another break in the decades-old steel pipeline in the middle of the intersection of South Green and Bradford streets.

The crew was filling in the hole after repairing the break at about 1:30 p.m. when another portion of the pipeline broke and required them to re-open the hole. They were still working to fix the second leak as of 2 p.m. Friday. 

They ran hoses from a fire hydrant on the corner of South Green and Bradford streets to provide water service for the Bradford PLace Inn and Gardens while the repairs were being made.

It was the same location where the pipeline broke on Nov. 20 and caused hundreds of gallons of water to spill down the street, followed by another leak the next day that required more repairs.

Everhart said that TUD has made the emergency decision to replace the line following the  multiple breaks, which he attributed to the age of the steel pipe.


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