Water still out to some Corvallis businesses

Water still out to some Corvallis businesses
Crews work Wednesday to repair the water main break in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A water main broke beneath 5th Street Tuesday afternoon, sending about 800,000 gallons of water into the streets.

Judy Lasswell's business remained without water Wednesday morning.

"It's just been a disaster," she said.

The cause remains under investigation.

"It could just be a weakness in the casting of the pipe," said Mary Steckel with the City of Corvallis public works department. "It was about 65 years old, and normally water pipes are anticipated to last between 80 and 100 years, so it was a ways along in its life but it still should've had life in it."

Crews have been working on site trying to fix the leak and restore service to customers.

Some customers like Lasswell didn't have water in their pipes - but instead had water where it didn't belong.

"I walked into the bottom of the stairs going into the basement and you couldn't even get into the basement because the garbage can was floating in water," she said.

Other businesses without water such as Riva's Restaurant closed their doors to customers.   

"We are working to repair the water main break and then we have testing to do to make sure that we are meeting all state and federal regulations for water quality so we can restore water to those properties," Steckel said.

Restoration of service could take until Thursday.