Wow! Big eruption on Knox Avenue this a.m. (photo) Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
This is no routine morning on one hilltop street in the central part of the city.
"We started the day off with a splash," note loyal Knox Avenue readers John and Sarah in an e-mail to SooToday.com News.
"Our wake-up call was a portion of the street exploding into a small geyser."
Things began happening around 4:30 when a water main broke.
"Baseball-sized chunks of rock and road were being blasted into the air with the water," the e-mail continues. "Luckily, it doesn't look like anyone was hurt."
PUC Services told us water shooting into the air as shown is unusual for water main breaks.
Soil conditions contributed to this rare occurrence.
Usually, problems are evident with water bubbling on the surface.
About 20 households are without water as PUC crews work to remedy the situation.
It's expected that service will be restored around noon.
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Moto13 9/18/2012 12:09:16 PM Report
Good thing PUC built their new building, or this disaster could have been worse!
Mike58 9/18/2012 12:39:29 PM Report
Wait til they get their water and sewage bill for this!!! Imagine, people getting a sewage bill for watering their lawn this summer! Not much of it ever made it to the sewar, as the ground greedily soaked it up. Water usage should be capped for summer months or our lawns are going to go to the weeds and dead grass!!!
Sam C 9/18/2012 2:32:08 PM Report
moto... main breaks happen. It's an unfortunate fact of life in the water business. It would have happened whether the PUC built a new headquarters or not.
mike... unfortunately, no one has been able to devise a more equitable method of charging for sewage treatment. The truth is that householders pay only a fraction of the actual cost of treating water and sewage.
Of course, we could go back to the days of hauling jugs of water from the well, and tossing buckets of waste out into the gutters and letting the rain wash it away.
Dead End Kid 9/18/2012 3:01:08 PM Report
Too bad it wasn't oil!