Friday, October 18, 2019 - 05:30

(TNS) — In the aftermath of the Loma Prieta 6.9 temblor and its aftershocks in Northern California, hundreds of underground utility pipes began “bleeding” out the region’s water supply.

Most customers affected were asked to conserve for a few days, maybe told to boil their tap water to be safe. Others, especially in the mountain communities, waited for about a week for water service to resume as district employees raced to repair ruptured pipes and refill emptied holding tanks. San Lorenzo Valley Water District, then serving 5,400 homes in the Boulder Creek area, needed some $1 million worth of infrastructure repairs for 80 main breaks and other problems, former District Manager Jim Mueller told the Sentinel in 1989 and 2009.

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