SF water main break repaired

November 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A water main break briefly disrupted water service to customers in San Francisco's North Beach, Telegraph Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods this afternoon.

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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.

RAW VIDEO: Home video of the flooding at Filbert and Mason streets

ABC7 contributed to this report

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