California water supply pipeline shutdown due to pipeline rupture

A California pipeline was shut down after it ruptured Monday due to a leak, prompting officials to halt water deliveries to thousands of residents.

State regulators said the leak, which officials say occurred Monday afternoon near the mouth of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, resulted from a water supply pipe that was “too shallow for the current flow.”

Officials say the leak is “likely the cause” of a massive outflow of water from the pipeline that’s carrying water from California’s largest cities.

The water supply shut down from the Delta’s San Joaquin to Fresno and Fresno to Los Angeles distribution centers, which are located within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the affected area, shut down around 4 p.m. local time (9 p.mea.) after a “low-pressure system” of heavy rain started, officials said in a statement.

“Our initial assessment shows that this is the cause of the incident, which was isolated to the pipeline,” the statement said.

Water delivery was expected to resume at 5 p.d. local day.

The State Water Project says it has a backup pipeline and a “reservoir” that’s supposed to provide backup water to a nearby distribution center.