Water-main break in Sunrise Heights

For the second time in three days, Seattle Public Utilities crews are working on a water-main break in West Seattle. After a texted tip (thank you!), we went over to 29th SW just north of SW Othello [map], where the street is blocked by repair crews. It’s been three days since two breaks in Fauntleroy (the second one was caused by the first, SPU says). The utility’s water-outage map says this is affecting at least 69 customers (homes/businesses); as seen in past cases, water-main breaks may also have effects beyond the immediate zone, so if you’re seeing discolored water, it might be related.

6 Replies to "Water-main break in Sunrise Heights"

  • flimflam March 5, 2023 (1:50 pm)

    Wow, are they contagious or something? Three in less than a week…

  • N March 5, 2023 (2:32 pm)

    Is this a random occurrence, cold weather related or a deferred maintenance backlog with water mains?

    • Question Authority March 5, 2023 (3:17 pm)

      Why yes, cold weather causes an increase in breakages and with well over 1000 miles of water pipe Seattle has multiple breaks a day. 

      • Ferns March 5, 2023 (8:10 pm)

        But it only takes 1 broken main in the wrong place with saturated soil to cause landslides… as we’ve seen in recent years – just last Jan in somerset Eastside. And I would say that a 20 years obsolete pipe (from 1930) is a contributing factor in one of the earlier last week breaks.It is deferred maintenance or even negligence. 

        • bill March 5, 2023 (9:02 pm)

          But heaven help the city council that votes to increase rates adequately to proactively replace old pipes. (Glances at our decaying bridges.)

    • WS Neighbor March 5, 2023 (3:33 pm)

      I have that question too. 

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