Broken water main closes streets in University City

SAN DIEGO - A broken water main flooded a University City thoroughfare Monday, leading to detours and traffic tie-ups in the busy retail- residential district east of La Jolla.

The ruptured 10-inch diameter pipeline for recycled water began sending water gushing across Regents Road near Costa Verde Center mall about 3:30 p.m., according to San Diego police.

Officers shut down three a three-block stretch of the street while utility crews worked to halt the overflow. There were no immediate reports of structural flooding.

People in the area had their water turned off to allow city workers to determine what caused the break, according to water department official.

Recycled water is approved only for irrigation, manufacturing and other non-drinking, or non-potable purposes. Only recycled water customers in the area are affected by the break.

A cause for the break is under investigation. An estimate for repair has not yet been determined.