2:42 PM: A water main break briefly disrupted water service to customers in San Francisco’s North Beach, Telegraph Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods this afternoon.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tony Winnicker said workers accidentally ruptured a 12-inch main near Mason and Filbert streets shortly after 1 p.m.
“It was a contractor who was doing a seismic improvement replacement project for us on an old pipeline,” he said.
Since the crew had the replacement part handy, they were able to restore water service in about an hour, Winnicker said.
The work is part of a $4.6 billion water system improvement program to seismically upgrade pipelines in San Francisco and the region, Winnicker said.
The rupture caused some street flooding, which crews were still cleaning up at about 2 p.m.
2:00 PM: Water service to some homes and businesses in San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill neighborhoods has been disrupted by a possible water main break this afternoon.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tony Winnicker said it appears a contractor may have struck and ruptured a water main near Mason and Filbert streets in North Beach.
Winnicker was on his way to that neighborhood at 1:45 p.m. to get more information. He had heard residents were experiencing problems including low water pressure and that some restaurants were affected.