Downtown Palo Alto experienced a water main break on Saturday, leaving some customers without water for several hours, according to the city Utilities Department.
The break, which was located on University Avenue between Waverley and Bryant streets in front of Joya and La Strada restaurants, was reported at about 6 a.m. It affected customers along University between Ramona and Waverley streets and in the 300 block of Florence Street.
Utilities Supervisor Jasen Strickland said the break was caused by pipe material that had failed. Crews were working on the problem and had service restored at 2:23 p.m., according to a tweet from utilities officials. The road remained closed until shortly before 5 p.m. for crews backfill the excavation and clean up.
Westbound University Avenue traffic was diverted onto Florence Street while repairs were in progress.