4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Another water-main break at the border

This time the runoff isn't sewage pollution

Goat Canyon culverts
Goat Canyon culverts

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it repaired.

The water-main break happened in Las Playas, according to International Boundary and Water Commission operations manager Steve Smullen. He got word of it around noon, he said.

Normally, when water comes across the border, it isn't potable. The sewage pipe that broke in Los Sauces/Yogurt Canyon earlier in November continues to send "cloudy water" into Yogurt Canyon even now, according to a commission report.

A combination of very big surf and flow from Yogurt Canyon resulted in Surfrider's No B(order) S(ewage) campaign canceling two cross-border surf events earlier this month.

The Tijuana River also flows after any heavy rain storm, and Mexican authorities almost always shut down the CILA pump station that diverts river water for treatment in dry weather because the sediment in the storm water can damage the pump.

The river crosses the border south and west of the Dairy Mart bridge in a concrete channel and heads north into the county and state parks, turning west about three quarters of a mile from the border. Water — dirty or clean — also comes through culverts at other low points, including Smuggler's Gulch, at Goat Canyon and at Yogurt Canyon.

Smullen says that potable water lines break "a couple of times a year." One clean-water break occurred a few years ag at a water tank up in Las Laureles canyon and by the time the water reached the border, it was full of silt dragged out of the canyon. The silt jammed up the IBWC wet well at the Goat Canyon pump station, and Mexican authorities sent people to clear the wet well, he said.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Harry Partch, Gustavo Romero, Diamanda Galas

San DIego's grand pianos; Spreckels, First Methodist, St. Brigid's organs; tenor takes lessons, the piano repairman
Next Article

Maya Moon gives Normal Heights a chocolate bar

Minimally processed and naturally sweetened food and drinks shine at new coffee shop alternative
Goat Canyon culverts
Goat Canyon culverts

A broken pipe in Tijuana spilled clean water into Goat Canyon on Tuesday (November 29). The potable water spilled into the canyon through ten-foot-in-diameter drainage culverts for about three hours before Mexican authorities got it repaired.

The water-main break happened in Las Playas, according to International Boundary and Water Commission operations manager Steve Smullen. He got word of it around noon, he said.

Normally, when water comes across the border, it isn't potable. The sewage pipe that broke in Los Sauces/Yogurt Canyon earlier in November continues to send "cloudy water" into Yogurt Canyon even now, according to a commission report.

A combination of very big surf and flow from Yogurt Canyon resulted in Surfrider's No B(order) S(ewage) campaign canceling two cross-border surf events earlier this month.

The Tijuana River also flows after any heavy rain storm, and Mexican authorities almost always shut down the CILA pump station that diverts river water for treatment in dry weather because the sediment in the storm water can damage the pump.

The river crosses the border south and west of the Dairy Mart bridge in a concrete channel and heads north into the county and state parks, turning west about three quarters of a mile from the border. Water — dirty or clean — also comes through culverts at other low points, including Smuggler's Gulch, at Goat Canyon and at Yogurt Canyon.

Smullen says that potable water lines break "a couple of times a year." One clean-water break occurred a few years ag at a water tank up in Las Laureles canyon and by the time the water reached the border, it was full of silt dragged out of the canyon. The silt jammed up the IBWC wet well at the Goat Canyon pump station, and Mexican authorities sent people to clear the wet well, he said.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Celebrate the 27th James Bond film with the 6th James Bond film

No Time to Die indeed
Next Article

Baby Del estate sale

Fancy house, happy home
Comments
1

While knowing that water is in short supply, this spill may have had a salutary effect, namely that it washed a bunch of accumulated crap out of the gulch and river valley. Since it seems that most of the flow in that river that comes into the US is contaminated and filthy, a little turnabout is welcome.

Nov. 30, 2016

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close