Thursday, December 7, 2023

Fort Bragg Water Main Break Leaves Some City Residents Dry


The following press release was issued by the City of Fort Bragg:

Around 1:00 am this morning, an 8-inch water main break occurred at the intersection of East Bush
Street and North McPherson Street. Public Works Crews responded quickly, but due to the sheer
quantity of water flowing through the main, it took about an hour to locate the leak and get it shut down.

With the main shut down, the flow of water ceased, however this has left many customers without
water. The water outage is currently affecting the 300 block of east Bush and the 600 block of

Unfortunately, the nearest location of the parts necessary to complete the repair to the water main is in
Ukiah. One of our maintenance crews is headed to get the parts now and we hope to restore water to
the area as soon as possible. Once water is restored, a boil water notice will be issued. We will
continue to provide information throughout the day as it arises.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult situation.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.

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MendoFever’s Fort Bragg correspondent Judy Valadao spoke with Fort Bragg Mayor Bernie Norvall who told her water main break was fixed at 3:30 p.m. He told Valadao that roughly two square blocks around the break are still in boiling mandate. He explained to Valadao that those standards are set by the state requiring municipalities to test water twice for potability and have to wait 24 hours between tests. With this requirement in mind, Mayor Norvall told Valadao that, “hopefully mid Xmas day the boil water notice will be lifted.”

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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