Geyser

A water spout blasts skyward on Monday morning at the Nogales Public Works Building.

The Nogales Public Works Department looked like Yellowstone Park on Monday morning when a 75-foot-high geyser of water erupted in a fenced-in lot just outside the main building.

Alejandro Barcenas, the city’s public works director, said a vehicle broke through a concrete box housing a water pump, rupturing the line that feeds the complex off Hohokam Drive.

Geyser

Water blasts out of the broken concrete outside the public works building.

The broken line is part of a loop that comes off a 16-inch main line running along the nearby Nogales Wash, he explained, so workers needed to close off multiple access points to stop the geyser.

The main line has a pressure of more than 150 pounds per square inch, he said, which made the breach so dramatic.

The public works building will be without water “for a while” as the problem is repaired, Barcenas said, but he added that other areas of the city shouldn’t be affected.

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