San Diego Sees Increase in Complaints About Leaky Pipes

Complaints about leaky pipes are increasing in San Diego.

Lining the curb along the 1500 block of Morena Boulevard is a steady stream of water.

Some people say it's been flowing for weeks. Michael Pallamary noticed the water while on a walk with his grandson over the weekend and said he feels "frustrated and angry" about it.

He is not alone. Anthony Thomas works in the area and told NBC7 he noticed the leak at least a month ago. Another person who declined to give their name says it has been at least a few weeks since he noticed it. 

The water is coming up from under a city street cover with the word "water" on it. Pallamary said he called the city's water leaks hot line on Saturday to file a complaint. As of Wednesday, the water is still flowing.

"I complained. I'm on record," he said. "I issued a concern, and nothing has been done, so, why hasn't anyone fixed this? I'd like to know."

According to a spokesperson for the city's water department the city has seen an increase in the number of complaints about leaking city pipes.

So far in 2015, there have been 6,256 calls compared to 4,836 at the same time last year. That is an increase of about ten calls per day. The spokesperson said they try to respond within 48 hours to every complaint.

NBC 7 asked about the leak on Morena Boulevard and a city spokesman said the only complaint on record came in on Tuesday.

Michael Pallamary said he has a record of his call on his phone from Saturday.

The water leaking along Morena Boulevard stretches at least a few hundred feet and passes right by a separate road project being done by city workers.

"There's city vehicles going back and forth here regularly," said Pallamary. "So why no one else saw it, I don't know, but it's frustrating."

This comes less than a week before the governor's mandatory water cuts are expected to go into effect. While everyone has been asked to cut back, the city has been cracking down.

The city's public works department has had workers out issuing notices to water wasters.

People like Michael Pallamary say it seems unfair.

"If they're going to start policing, start policing themselves," Pallamary said. 

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