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A water main break on Monday, April 8, 2019, on Simoron Drive in eastern Ogden caused a geyser-like eruption. City officials repaired the break and say they aren't uncommon given the old age of the system here, though Monday's was much more dramatic visually than normal.

OGDEN — A water main break caused a geyser-like eruption in an eastern Ogden neighborhood street Monday, showering nearby homes with water.

City officials have since repaired the break. Though this one was more dramatic than usual, with water shooting high into the sky, breaks aren’t uncommon.

“We have water main breaks daily. We have an old system,” Kenton Moffett, Ogden’s public utilities manager, said Tuesday. “We do fix them all day, every day.”

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A water main break on Monday, April 8, 2019, on Simoron Drive in eastern Ogden caused a geyser-like eruption. City officials repaired the break and say they aren't uncommon given the old age of the system here, though Monday's was much more dramatic visually than normal.

The difference with the break Monday, in a residential neighborhood on Simoron Drive around Ninth Street, is that instead of flooding the ground, the break was on the top of the pipe and it blew out the street section above it. Moffett called it a “worst-case scenario.”

The water caused some flooding in nearby yards and Moffett said the city has reached out to neighbors to get a gauge of the damage. The powerful stream shot dirt and debris from around the pipe into the air, and Moffett understands the crawl space below one home may have sustained water damage.

City officials received reports of the break around 11:30 a.m. Monday and fixed it as soon as they could afterward. The six-inch pipe sustained a softball-sized hole, Moffett said, and a city crew placed a “repair band” around the damaged section to fix it. Acidity in the ground can cause pipes to weaken and break, but he’s not sure what exactly damaged the Simoron Drive pipe section.

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A water main break on Monday, April 8, 2019, on Simoron Drive in eastern Ogden caused a geyser-like eruption. City officials repaired the break and say they aren't uncommon given the old age of the system here, though Monday's was much more dramatic visually than normal. This is the damaged pipe.

Just because the one break occurred doesn’t mean the whole line along Simoron Drive is at risk, Moffett said. At any rate, public utilities officials have a database of where breaks occur and track them to see if any particularly susceptible sections come to light that might need replacement.

“Any water pipe in the ground with time will have issues and develop a break,” Moffett said.

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