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SAN DIEGO -- A water main break in the Marina area closed part of a bayside main drag Wednesday and left two high-rise hotels and part of a tourist- attraction mall without functional taps and toilets for hours.

A private digging crew working on an expansion project at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in the 300 block of West Harbor Drive accidentally severed a 12-inch-diameter PVC pipeline about noon, said Arian Collins, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Department.

The ruptured main flooded the southbound side of the adjacent street until municipal personnel could halt the overflow and left the Marriott, the Manchester Grand Hyatt to the north and nearby Seaport Village shopping center without water service through the afternoon.

All three sites were back online by 5 p.m., though water pressure at the Hyatt was low and was expected to remain that way into the late evening, Collins said.

The construction company will be responsible for reimbursing the city for the costs of the mishap, the spokesman told news crews.

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