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But there is no happiness without action.

-Benjamin Disraeli

In almost all cases, the City of San Diego will be responsible for a water main break in San Diego. That’s because the City of San Diego owns the water conveyance infrastructure of which the water main is a part. It’s the City’s property so the City is responsible.

The key is determining who owns the water main break. Sometimes, that may be the City of San Diego County, the County of San Diego, or some other city. Whoever owns the water conveyance infrastructure is the responsible party.

What to do when there’s a water main leak

First call your insurance company, although there’s a strong chance they’ll deny your claim because flood is not covered. Then you should make a government claim with the city that’s responsible. Here’s our blog on how to do that:

Inverse Condemnation and water main leaks

Inverse condemnation is a constitutional right that makes the government pay you for damage they caused to your property. Here’s a blog we wrote on it:

Most water main breaks involve inverse condemnation law, so it’s best to speak with an attorney who knows about it.

Here’s Attorney Evan W. Walker on NBC 7 San Diego concerning the recent water main breaks in downtown San Diego:

Here’s our YouTube page showing our interviews about various water main breaks throughout San Diego:

There’s more to discuss, but this is a general introduction.

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Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He has practiced law throughout California, Connecticut, and Louisiana.

Evan worked for and defended insurance companies during the first 7 years of his practice. Since 2015, he has represented people with personal injury and property damage claims and insurance disputes.

Evan’s practice is devoted to serious personal injury claims and catastrophic property damage claims. Areas of focus include security claims against bars and other businesses, government tort claims, fire and flood claims, and inverse condemnation. On behalf of clients, Evan has fought insurance firms, international companies, cities, bars, and casinos.

Evan regularly shares his expertise with other attorneys by teaching courses on insurance and inverse condemnation. He has taught several continuing legal education courses to Attorney Credits, a nationwide CLE company, and ProLawCLE, another nationwide CLE company. He also contributes to various podcasts and publications.


  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, San Diego Bar Association
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member, La Jolla Bar Association
  • Member, La Jolla Village Merchants Association
  • Member, San Diego Chamber of Commerce