Donner Lake water outage caused by broken pipe |

Donner Lake water outage caused by broken pipe

About 30 Donner Lake homes were without water Friday afternoon while Del Oro Water Co. officials worked to replace a broken pipe.

According to Mike Bradford, assistant field superintendent for Del Oro, some residents were without water for up to four hours while a leaking pipe from the main line was repaired. Del Oro workers replaced 85 feet of the broken pipe.

Some Donner Lake residents believed the inconvenience was another water outage due to overconsumption like the one that occurred after the busy Fourth of July weekend.

Monday, July 5, was the first time in five years that Donner Lake had a water outage.

Bradford said the outage in early July was caused by a 30 percent increase in water supply demand over the past five years in combination with a heavy traffic weekend and hot, dry weather.

“It was a heavy demand weekend and basically more people were watering their lawns over the weekend,” said Bradford.

Tight supply

Although Bradford does not anticipate another water outage in the near future, he warns that the Donner Lake water supply is tight.

“We’re still asking people to conserve water and not water lawns on the weekends. We’re running right to our capacity,” Bradford said.

To help meet the increasing demand, the company is in the process of a $2.5 million capital improvement project that will double the total water capacity.

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