Water main break on Pala Mesa Road detours traffic

FALLBROOK – Rainbow Water District crews responded to a report of a broken water main Monday night, July 11, at about 9:30 on Pala Mesa Road near Old Highway 395. According to District Superintendent, John Maccarrone, “I was on Old 395 driving to the break and I could see water shooting about 60 feet into the air. I knew it was going to be bad.” Maccarrone indicated the break occurred in a 12-inch steel water main where two joints had been connected, adding “The pipe corroded from the inside out.”

Rainbow’s General Manager, Dave Seymour, said, “Many of our pipes are getting to the age that it doesn’t take much to cause a leak. We typically see an increase in the frequency of breaks when the weather heats up and people start using a lot more water. The extra stresses that puts on the pipe is just enough to cause a weak spot to blow out.”

The road was damaged badly enough that traffic is being detoured through an adjacent development. RMWD expects to have the road reopened in a day or two, and permanent asphalt repairs will be coordinated with County inspectors.

3 Responses to "Water main break on Pala Mesa Road detours traffic"

  1. A.H.   July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Wanna bet a smaller leak was going on for some time and would explain all the sinking pot holes on Pala Mesa Rd right in the area of the Break! Folks were blaming the heavy trucks. Perhaps one caused the other? Either way that was a ton of water.

  2. Navy Vet   July 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Another waste from Rainbow Water, and the rates keep going up, up ,up.

  3. R Cobb   July 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    We moved into Rainbow Water a few years ago. The bills were small, but that was because no one did any maintenance. Now the bills keep getting larger and larger, even if we use NO water. The no-use bill has gone from $25/mo to $80/mo. All because it’s just one thing after another to fix an aging infrastructure.

    I guess this is true of lots of utility and road infrastructures in the US, but it’s not fun having one on your backyard. Particularly when you know the previous owner got an almost free ride.


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