Crews respond quickly to water line break in Rancho Santa Fe


Six customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District (District) in Rancho Santa Fe were without water in the early morning of Oct. 15 as a result of a waterline break on Lago Lindo Lane. The eight inch waterline break was reported shortly before 1 a.m. District operations staff responded and isolated the pipeline within an hour.

The leak was identified by District staff monitoring a SCADA system, a computerized system that reads the flow of water at different locations throughout the District’s 150 miles of pipeline. This enabled the immediate notification of District’s standby duty personnel to the location of the break and to shut off the water quickly.

The cause of the break is under investigation; however, cooler weather and roots from an adjacent tree may have played a role in the break. Also, due to the cross country location of the pipeline break, there has been some erosion in the area of the leak and District crews were assessing the extent of any collateral damage that may have occurred. Water was restored to all customers by 9:30 a.m., and staff has already contacted affected customers and is assisting cleanup efforts. Visit

— Santa Fe Irrigation District report