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Bay Area fish killed after pipe bursts

  • Water from a broken water pipe runs down a hillside toward the San Mateo Creek on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 near San Mateo, Calif. A broken pipe sent thousands of gallons of drinking water cascading into San Mateo Creek over the weekend, killing at least 30 fish from chlorine poisoning. Officials said they expect the fish death toll to rise, possibly to hundreds. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Lea Suzuki) NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTOG & CHRONICLE; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

SAN FRANCISCO — At least 30 fish were killed after a drinking water pipe burst and sent thousands of gallons of chlorinated water into a San Francisco Bay Area creek.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/11D4srX ) that the city's Public Utilities Commission discovered the leak on Saturday near Crystal Springs Reservoir, part of a drinking water system that serves 2.5 million Bay Area residents.

Officials said they expect the fish death toll — which may have included threatened steelhead trout — to rise, possibly to hundreds.

San Mateo Creek flows about five miles from the reservoir to San Francisco Bay.

Steven Ritchie, assistant general manager for water at the commission, said the cause of the break in the 1932-era pipe is still unknown.

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