Bellingham loses over 2 million gallons in water main break

The city lost between 2 million and 3 million gallons of water when a water main broke Monday, Sept. 7, according to the Public Works department.

An old pipe broke around 7:30 p.m. Monday at 20th Street and Donovan Avenue, said Assistant Public Works Director Eric Johnston.

One property nearby had water damage inside, but most of the water flowed down to the Padden Creek daylighting construction site, Johnston said.

The city fixes dozens of water main breaks each year, but Johnston said this was a “pretty large break for us.” The cast-iron pipe was 16 inches in diameter and was installed in 1925.

Public Works crews were on site by 8 p.m. and had about 90 percent of the water shut off by 9 p.m. The water main was put back into service about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Johnston said.

Many residents in or around Fairhaven had low water pressure while crews were working. Johnston said if residents near the repaired water main have cloudy water they should let the water run for a while. If people still experience dirty water they should call Public Works at 360-778-7700.

Correction: The amount of water lost when the water main broke was changed Sept. 8, 2015, based on new information provided by city officials.