Mission Bay Leak Stumps Water Crews

Guests at San Diego's Mission Bay Hilton Resort were without water for hours

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    NBC 7's Matt Rascon reports from near the Mission Bay Hilton Resort & Spa about a water main break that may turn into a much larger project.

    After digging and refilling two holes, San Diego City water crews aren’t any closer to finding a leak that’s caused an overnight outage at a popular Mission Bay hotel.

    A water main burst around 5 p.m. Wednesday near the Mission Bay Hilton Resort just west of Interstate 5 along East Mission Bay Drive.

    Water service was shut off around 7:30 p.m. when city water crews began looking for the source of the problem.

    More than 14 hours later, crews were still looking.

    They have dug and refilled two holes and say they are following a 16-inch pipe running east to west that has been in the ground for at least 50 years.

    One worker told NBC 7 it’s necessary to break a casing around the pipe to find the break. Once the crews realize the break is not in that section of pipe, they have to repair the casing.

    If the break is under I-5, the worker said it’s “a whole different ball game.”

    The Hilton Resort told NBC 7 guests had water service this morning because the city was able to patch them through to an alternate water main.

    "Pressure is a little weaker than our normal capacity, but it is sufficient to supply the entire resort, so there should be no impact on our guest’s enjoyment of the facilities," said Don Dennis, GM of the Mission Bay Hilton Resort & Spa.