UPDATE: Crews near fix on water main; water outage in small area

Crews with Jacobs, which handles Ontario Public Works, gather together this morning to discuss the situation in an alleyway between Oregon Street and Southwest First Street along Southwest Fourth Avenue, where water and sand are spilling out into the street.

ONTARIO — Crews with Jacobs, which handles Ontario Public Works, are excavating in an alleyway between Oregon Street and Southwest First Street along Southwest Fourth Avenue this morning where water and sand are spilling out into the street.

The issue is related to a fitting failure on a 10-inch water main. and the city has had to shut off water the area on South Oregon to Southwest Third Street and Southwest Fifth Street, according to Cliff Leeper, director of Public Works.

It is anticipated that water may be turned back on by early afternoon.

One of the westbound lanes along that block is barricaded at this time as crews perform work.

Leeper said he could not give an exact timetable related to when water will be turned back on in the area. However at 10 a.m., he did say “crews have just about got the repair completed.”

Following the repair, the next steps, according to Leeper, will be “to flush water from the nearest fire hydrant to confirm residuals and then put the system back into service.”

Crews will likely be dealing with ice issues, as they attempt to flush water in below-freezing temperatures, he said.

“Hopefully, we can get this addressed and restored to full service shortly,” Leeper said. We appreciate the public’s patience.”

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