OCEAN PARK - There was water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink beginning about 4:15 a.m. Friday morning at Bay Avenue and N Street as a North Beach Water Co. main line broke and began leaking up to 1,100 gallons per minute according to manager Mike Berlien.
"Some of the pipes are starting to show their age and it's pretty hard to determine what happened after the fact, but that may have been the cause," Berlien speculated. By 8 a.m. water was back on and available to customers. "We lost about 150,000 gallons of water, but fortunately no buildings flooded as there are two storm drains near where the leak occurred and they took care of the overflow."
There was a shortage of water Friday afternoon in the Ocean Park area as North Beach Water pumps were adjusted in sequence to again function properly. Jack's Country Store graciously supplied Ocean Park Elementary School with 20 cases of bottled water.
The heads-up thinking of cook June Jones allowed the children to have a hot lunch. Ocean Park Elementary Principal Dustin Salisbury said, "Ms. Jones cooked the spaghetti noodles yesterday so they were ready to go with just a re-heating. Our toilets worked, but the water was discolored. Jack's donation helped keep us from having to close school. We are grateful to Jack's Country Store and for the quick work of North Beach Water in allowing us to carry on with school as usual."