A contractor working on a county sewer main project damaged a 12-inch water line Wednesday on the southeast side.

Water was shut off in a residential area, and bottled water will be provided for families, said Fernando Molina, a Tucson Water spokesman. The incident began about 6:30 p.m.

Families affected can pick up gallons of bottled water south of East Escalante Road on South Harrison Road, said Molina. 

South Harrison Road between the Pantano Wash and East Escalante Road will be closed until Thursday afternoon while crews work through the night to make repairs, said Fernando Molina, a Tucson Water spokesman.

The closed area has been blocked off with barricades, said Sgt. Chris Widmer of the Tucson Police Department.

Molina said traffic will be restricted in the following streets:

  • Northbound Harrison is closed at East Irvington Road.
  • Southbound Harrison is closed at East Burnett Street.
  • Westbound Escalante is closed at Harrison.

 "A lot of area has been washed out, and crews need to make the repairs before they fill everything back in and do a temporary asphalt repair in the road," Molina said.