California’s aging infrastructure on the fritz
California’s aging infrastructure on the fritz

California’s aging infrastructure on the fritz

The California drought has had an unprecedented impact on Californians. As the scarcity of water becomes more of a problem, the lack of adequate infrastructure has made the issue far worse. Recently, there has been a flurry of water main breaks across the state.


Last Friday, a break in the city’s main source of water left residents on the east side of town with no water. Residents on the west side of town still had access to water because of back up water tanks.

The break was fully repaired by late Saturday afternoon. A boil advisory was in effect for all Yreka residents until the water was tested Sunday afternoon, at which point it came back safe to drink.

El Cajon

A water main break just outside of El Cajon was reported last week after homes become flooded. The main break closed roadways near Hillsdale Road and Hillsdale Lane.

According to reports, the houses become flooded before CALFIRE had a chance to shut water off to the area.

Morro Bay

Residents in Morro Bay were asked by city officials last week to keep from using water. Over 400 homes were without water while crews worked to repair a main break that occurred during a routine maintenance check.

“At one point, one of the main line valves broke in the off position, which meant that water was no longer flowing to north Morro Bay,” Morro Bay Deputy City Manager Sam Taylor told KSBY. “The alarms actually told us that the tanks were no longer being filled up.”

When all was said and done, 40,000 gallons of water flooded the corner of Main Street and La Jolla Avenue. Regular service was restored the following morning.


A two-foot long main break was reported Monday evening on Wabash Avenue and Mariposa Drive. The break left 10 households without water while the repairs were taking place. No property damage occurred.

San Diego

Late Monday night, construction crews hit a water main pipe, causing a two-foot crack. Water flooded the area from 10:30 p.m. Monday night to 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Homes in a three-block area were without water until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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