TAFT (AP) — Authorities say a break in the California Aqueduct forced them to shut down the canal that brings water to millions of Southern California residents.
Ted Thomas of the state’s Department of Water Resources said Wednesday that they’ve found a way to bypass the break to continue deliveries south. He called it a minor leak.READ MORE: Man And Woman Shot To Death In Gardena
The California Aqueduct begins in Northern California, and supplies 25 million residents and nearly 1 million acres of farmland with water.
Thomas says the break was first discovered Jan. 2 near Taft, a Central California community about 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield.READ MORE: Local Doctors Flying Back From Super Bowl Save Woman's Life On Plane
Thomas expects the repair to be done by Feb. 20.
He says it is unclear what caused the break in the canal’s lining.
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