It was about 6 pm last Saturday (10/15/11) evening and very quickly I noticed my faucet water didn’t work, nor did the kitchen sink faucet. And flushing my toilet, it would work once and sound quite different than normal. Looking outside, I saw nothing wrong with my sidewalk connection. Next door had the same problem.
And so I called the Las Vegas Valley Water District who informed me there was a break at Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard with “a 12-inch pipe” that would affect about “1,000 people” within “a small area no further than Charleston …”. The representative added some commentary such as the phrase “Act of God” meaning that it was their fault, and that it was an antiquated water line.
Hmm … I live adjacent to Stewart Avenue. This isn’t matching up. So I went to the source and this is what I saw. But first, not seeing it on the Internet, I gave the tip to a local reporter around 6 pm. (http://www.lvrj.com/news/broken-line-in-eastern-valley-leaves-more-than-1-000-without-water-131929328.html)
In the end, the information provided by the water district was slightly off, perhaps minimizing the initial significance of the size of the broken water pipeline, 24-inches, not 12-inches, and definitely affecting far more than 1,000 customers. The good news was that the emergency crews were fortunate because the break was far more accessible than at first thought and water service was restored later that night.
(Additional photos may be seen in the October 26, 2011, Sunrise/Whitney Ranch edition of The View.)