Petaluma’s Leaky Water Infrastructure Blues

The water mains and lines in Petaluma are, shall we say, a bit long in the tooth.  On one street in our ‘Hood, the main blows about once a year and the section is replaced.

Last week the line feeding the water meter to the house next door started flooding the yard.  Fortunately it was noticed before too much water escaped and the Water Department fixed it in short order.

Tonight, a water main or the line from the main that feeds a fire hydrant blew at the house across from us. It was a big one–flooding the surrounding streets and pushing up the pavement in front of the home.  It was late in the evening and was not noticed until a homeowner next to the line came home and noticed a large volume of water in the streets.

To say that it attracted a lot of attention is an understatement. Don’t expect too much sleep tonight given the expected and necessary work that will be required to patch it.

A few photos may give you a sense of the scene…







“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg”

“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg” proclaims the sign on the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce window

Healdsburg in Northern Sonoma County has changed with gentrification* and $400 a night hotel rooms; however, there are still a few places where one can get a nice lunch for less than a mortgage payment.

On a recent Friday afternoon there were the usual downtown crowds…

  • The sidewalk in front of the Healdsburg Bar & Grill patio was filled with people.
  • A Dickensian figure sitting on the public bench next to the sidewalk was holding a sign…“Poverty 2015”  

Given the tendency for readers to only look at the first image in a post, I first present an image to give you a sense of the scene…

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk...

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk…

 Photos in the slideshow below…


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*Further information on the changes in Healdsburg are reported in this recent San Francisco Chronicle article…How wealth is making Healdsburg a miniature San Francisco