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Title: Newport wakes up to water outage

April 1, 2000


NEWPORT BEACH -- An early morning water problem put the squeeze on some residents who awoke Friday to find nothing but a trickle of water from their faucets.

It took about one hour to regain water pressure, but between 6 and 7 a.m., residents west of Jamboree Road and north of Pacific Coast Highway and some in Corona Del Mar had no flow from their taps, said Don Webb, director of public works.

The outage ended when the city activated a backup water system from ground water wells in Fountain Valley. "We tried to react as quickly as possible," Webb said.

Public works officials worked to correct the problem, which originated in the Metropolitan Water District's supply line that feeds into the city.

Nearly 100 residents called City Hall around 7 a.m. to report the outage. But Webb said he already knew about the problem before he answered his phone.

"I learned about this in the same way as everyone else this morning, when my wife didn't have any shower pressure," Webb said. Webb says the backup systems will remain in place. Residents should not experience the same problem today.


-- (, April 01, 2000

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