A water main on Johnston Road between Tebo Avenue and Regina Avenue broke just before noon on Friday morning.

A water main on Johnston Road between Tebo Avenue and Regina Avenue broke just before noon on Friday morning.

Rust causes Johnston water main break

A water main on Johnston Road between Tebo Avenue and Regina Avenue broke on Friday, causing water to pour down Johnston Road.

A water main on Johnston Road between Tebo Avenue and Regina Avenue broke on Friday, causing water to pour down Johnston Road.

City of Port Alberni workers were on site fixing the broken water main and investigating the cause of the break.

City of Port Alberni utilities technician Bert Polles said that he was unsure what caused the main to break just before noon on Friday.

He said the water began pouring out of the water main around 11 a.m.

The water main is located outside of a private residence on the corner of Johnston Road and Regina Avenue.

City waterworks chargehand Amar Giri said that a rusted water service saddle caused the main break.

“The service saddle basically came off and we’ll have to repair the chunk of main, replace it with C900 PVC pipe and reattach a new saddle for the one house,” Giri said.

“The saddle was getting old and probably leaking for a while underground and finally let go.”

Giri said in addition to the water main repairs, some light sidewalk and road repairs will also occur shortly.

“We checked with the house and there was no damage to the house, there was no flooding,” Giri said.

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