HAYWARD -- About 100 customers were without water Wednesday morning after an asbestos-cement pipe burst underground on a busy street in Hayward, a city spokesman said.
Just after 3:30 a.m., the department was alerted about water coming up from beneath the pavement at West Jackson and Santa Clara streets, said Alex Ameri, director of utilities and environmental services at the Department of Public Works.
The water main break caused about 100 customers in the nearby area to loose water, Ameri said.
Water was restored to those customers about noon, he said.
Fire and public works crews repaired a large portion of the broken water main that closed one eastbound lane of Jackson Street near Interstate 880until about 7 a.m., police Sgt. Eric Krimm said.
The break had a minor impact on the early morning commute, police said.
The asbestos-cement pipe did not pose a public threat, authorities said.
Crews responded immediately and excavated the sidewalk until they reached the leak, Ameri said.
The pipe that ruptured was a 12-inch, 1958 asbestos-cement pipe that runs north on Santa Clara Street, Ameri said. The section of the pipe that was affected, he said, is 3 feet long.
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