Christmas Valley water break distrupts service |

Christmas Valley water break distrupts service

An unknown number of South Shore residents Wednesday had to go without water service for several hours while the area’s primary utility provider searched for a broken line.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District at about 2:30 p.m. discovered that the drinking water system along the North Upper Truckee corridor was losing pressure rapidly, indicating a possible break in the water lines in the area. Crews immediately searched for the problem and found a break at 5:10 p.m.

Dawn Forsythe, STPUD information officer, said at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that the district anticipated having water service back within a few hours.

When people start receiving water again it may be dirty, Forsythe said, because sediments in the water lines could mix with drinking water. People should let their faucets run for at least 10 minutes, until the water runs clear again.

The area without water was confined to the district’s Flagpole Zone, which encompasses the North Upper Truckee area from Grizzly Mountain Road south to U.S. Highway 50.

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