North Boulder Water Main Break (9th Street between Locust and Union Ave.)

Posted on 17. May, 2010 by shanerich in Blog Posts



I was doing some client work for Mock Realty in North Boulder today when I noticed in the distance, somewhere around Foothills Park, a huge surge of water erupting straight up over the trees. At first I thought it was a fountain, but then quickly nixed that idea as I realized the water source was too large. I then thought it was part of an event or demonstration in the park. Nonetheless, curiosity got the best of me as I wrapped up what I was working on and hurriedly drove towards the mammoth spray.

Heading south on Broadway I turned right onto Locust and as I approached 9th Street I saw a few people gathered and the street taped off. I parked, grabbed the camera, and snapped a few frames of what turned out to be a water main break. It ripped a huge hole in the asphalt and the pressure shot the water well above the tree line. Pretty cool thing to stumble upon and witness but I feel for the folks without water in the area.