By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information):
Needles, California: A water leak has been found underneath East Broadway along flood control channel.
The report came into the City of Needles at 1:19 p.m. PT on Monday, September 27th, 2021.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez was walking along East Broadway just south of Smith Road when he notice water coming out of the concrete wall along the west side of the roadway along a flood control which is normally dry.
ZachNews immediately contacted the City of Needles, and crews from the City of Needles quickly responded to the scene and began investigating the source of the water leak.
Crews checked along the concrete wall noticing water coming along the cracks as well as going underneath the roadway noticing algae and water in the tunnel near the west side open, all would have not been noticed until today.
In a press release to ZachNews, Needles City Manager Rick Daniel said, ”Today a water leak was discovered along East Broadway, at about 400 E Broadway. The leak is from an unknown source under or near the San Bernardino County Flood Control facility. Water staff searched for the source to no avail for over an hour. Work will resume early tomorrow morning. Once found the leak will be repaired.”
This latest water leak comes as a city needles continues to work towards repairing their infrastructure which have been reported on ZachNews over the last few years, including city meetings discussing the need of repairing the water infrastructure, interviews with city officials on concerns about the water infrastructure and what is being done to repair them, as well as reporting on water related breaking news stories first.
“The Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) fixed over 200 water system leaks last year which is indicative of an old and deteriorated water system. The City began a $3.2M waterline replacement and street paving program earlier this yearfunded by the voter approved Marijuana Tax proceeds. The City is planning on continuing that program in fall of 2021 with numerous additional streets and water line work funded by approximately $3.5M of the Marijuana Tax proceeds. Engineering and Bid documents are being finalized withconstruction proposals expected in October. Constructionshould begin in November and December 2021 and completed by March/April of 2022,” Needles City Manager Rick Daniel telling ZachNews in a press release.
ZachNews will continue to monitor the situation at the water leak scene, and will have more news updates with information as they become available.