Service Finally Restored After Latest West Portal Water Main Break

Repairs on a broken water main in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood were completed Thursday evening, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said this morning.

A break on the 6-inch line was reported around 1 p.m. Thursday on 15th Avenue near Ulloa Street.

Customers on 15th Avenue between Ulloa and Taraval streets were affected by the break. Water service was shut off until about 7:45 p.m., SFPUC spokeswoman Amy Sinclair said.

Repairs on the 81-year-old cast-iron pipe that ruptured were completed around that time, Sinclair said.

The main break disrupted service on San Francisco Municipal Railway’s L-Taraval light-rail line. Shuttle buses transported passengers heading outbound beyond the West Portal station.

Service was back on schedule by 8 p.m., Sinclair said, and this morning trains were running as usual.

The main break was less destructive than one that occurred on a 16-inch line a few blocks away nearly a year ago.

Early on Feb. 27, 2013, the main broke at 15th Avenue and Wawona Street, sending rushing water flooding into 23 homes and a dozen cars.

In the aftermath of the flooding, three homes were red-tagged and several others were yellow-tagged.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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