FAIRFIELD — Fairfield’s version of a geyser sent water gushing about 25 feet into the air Thursday and lasted for more than 2½ hours.
A water line broke in a field near Business Center Drive and Suisun Valley Road during the morning, creating a spectacle for passers-by. The question then arose as to which agency owned the line and was responsible for solving the problem.
A person on the scene driving a Fairfield city pickup truck at 11 a.m. said the line didn’t belong to Fairfield. He believed it belonged to the Solano Irrigation District.
The Solano Irrigation District responded. Its crew found that the water wasn’t part of the nonpotable water system and wasn’t a Solano Irrigation District line, district Water and Power Operations Manager Kevin King said.
Fairfield and Vallejo also have water lines in that area, King said.
But, as it turned out, the broken line belonged to neither city. It was a private line that brings water to WestAmerica Bank for fire services, Fairfield Public Works Superintendent Peter Peirce said.
Peirce said he learned of the break at about 1 p.m. as calls came in. The city isolated the line at a backflow device at about 1:30 p.m. A damaged valve caused the problem, though it’s unclear how the valve got damaged, he said.
WestAmerica Bank is responsible for repairing the private line, he said.
How much water was sprayed into the field remains a mystery. Peirce said the private fire service water line has no meter. The amount might be calculated if it was known when the leak began, he said.
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