After days of natural-gas shutoffs, the source of water leaking into at least one downtown Upland gas line was discovered and repaired as Southern California Gas began restoring service on Thursday, Aug. 4, Upland city officials said.
The leak was found around 4 a.m. Thursday in an alleyway between Euclid and 1st avenues and F and G streets, said Adam Eventov, a SCE spokesman.
The leak was fixed by the Upland Water District, and SCE crews were working to purge the remaining water out of any impacted gas lines, Eventov said.
“We are grateful to the residents and the business community for their patience as we all work to together to solve this situation,” Eventov said.
As of Thursday afternoon, 13 residential and six commercials customers remained without gas service, Eventov said. He was cautiously optimistic that services would be fully restored by Friday, Aug. 5.
Some restorations couldn’t be accomplished because residents weren’t home, Eventov said.
The outage started Saturday, July 30, and impacted as many as 120 gas customers at the peak in the area of the 200 block of East A Street — considered part of the “geological low point” of Upland, according to Eventov.
Water was escaping a city line and somehow getting into at least one adjacent gas line.
The smell of gas could still be observed in the impacted area Thursday, but there was no danger to health or safety, the city said.