Water restored to Reno homes after water main breaks

This is the area of a water main break on Washington Street in Reno. Photo by Rebecca Kitchen/KOLO.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 10:46 a.m. update:

The water main that broke west of the University of Nevada, Reno has been fixed and water service has been restored, said Marlene Olsen, a spokeswoman for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

7:35 p.m. update:

Thirty-seven homes will be without water overnight as crews fix a broken water main west of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The crews will work on the water main overnight and they expect the water will be back on in the morning. The affected homes are between University Terrace and Gear Street.

Tree roots wrapped around the pipe and broke it.

Washington Street is closed between University Terrace and Ninth Street.

Original story:

A 6-inch water main has broken in the neighborhood west of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The break happened Friday afternoon on Washington Street near University Terrace and Washington Street is closed there, Truckee Meadows Water authority spokeswoman Marlene Olsen said.

But no one is without water, Olsen said. Crews will “try to fix it hot,” meaning they won’t turn off the water, to ensure water service is not interrupted.

“They’re going to work tonight until it is fixed,” Olsen said. “So it will get fixed tonight.”