Major main break shuts off southside water – update

Water pressure restored in some areas, full water restoration still hours away

August 11, 2017 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

City of Bellingham Public Works crews remain on site at 2600 Donovan Avenue in Bellingham's south side, where a 16″ iron water main has broken.  The crews began repair work shortly after 11 a.m.  

To begin repair, crews shut off the water main, which stopped water service completely for residents and businesses in the Happy Valley and Chuckanut neighborhoods – and also reduced water pressure for nearby neighborhoods, including Sehome Hill and Western Washington University.

Once the water was shut off, flow from the reservoir stopped and that water pressure is rebuilding. So those who experienced a drop in water pressure should have full pressure restored by 3 p.m.

However, for those directly affected, it could take 10-12 hours to fully restore water.  This is a significant main break of a pipe that was installed in 1926.   

We will continue to provide updates as soon as we have new information, including on the cause of the problem, the nature of the repair, and timing for water to be fully restored. 

For additional information, please contact:

Amy Cloud
Communications and Outreach
City of Bellingham – Public Works, (360) 778-7912

Media Contact

Eric Johnston, P.E. Assistant Director
City of Bellingham - Public Works  
(360) 778-7710

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