Water line bursts on Francisco Street on Wednesday morning

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Berkeley Fire Department and East Bay Municipal Utility District responded to a main break of a water line at Francisco Street on Wednesday morning, leaving 30 customers — which could include nearby households, businesses and other services — without water.

EBMUD spokesperson Tracie Morales said from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, EBMUD began receiving reports that a water line on Francisco Street between Shattuck Avenue and Milvia Street had burst. The bursted water pipeline, which is four inches in diameter, was built in 1905, according to Morales.

Morales added that EBMUD crews are currently on the scene and anticipate repairs will be completed by later this afternoon. Morales noted EBMUD investigators shut off the water earlier this morning and that the water outage will last the duration of the pipeline repairs.

EBMUD faces between 850 and 1,000 main breaks every year, according to Morales.

Anyone with any questions is asked to contact EBMUD at 1-866-403-2683.

Bobby Lee is an assistant news editor. Contact Bobby Lee at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @bobbylee_dc.