CalWater scrambles to repair multiple water-main leaks

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Emergency plans of California Water Service Co.'s Bear Gulch District have been tested since Monday, Jan. 25, when an afternoon surge in water pressure resulted in six nearly simultaneous small water main leaks. The pressure surge was caused by a malfunction in the pressure-reducing valve, the company said.

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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

good work CalWater, they were on the scene quickly and got the water flowin'

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Posted by Louise68
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Oh, my! A pressure-reducing valve failed? I wonder why it failed? Did it fail because proper preventive maintenance was not done? I do not know. And I have to wonder if this surge in pressure damaged water lines in other parts of Cal Water’s service area. I hope it did not, but only time will tell.

I am asking the questions above because I, too, am a Cal Water customer, though I am very fortunate in that I did not lose my water service. But I could have. And I do care about others who have problems when any part of our infrastructure have problems.

Nie work, Cal Water, in getting the water lines repaired. I just hope this is the last time this will happens!

BTW, and FWIW -- I have learned over the years that around 80% of the work on machines and such should be PMs -- Preventive Maintenance -- and only around 20% should be reacting to problems. This, of course, costs money. and thus will be very hard to justify to most bean-counters, because such people do not like to approve spending the money to replace items that seem to be perfectly fine, even if such parts have reached the expected end of their usual service life. Yes, that does cost money, but, remember -- “Pay me now, or pay me later!” -- but you must pay. And it is better to spend far less money now to prevent problems than it is to spend lots of money later to fix the messes those problems cause after they happen.

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