Dealing with water line breaks isn't so much of an inconvenience. Hell, you can capture some of the runoff with buckets to water your lawn. The real problem is what comes after the gusher is capped.
The clean-up that has to be done afterwards is a pain in the ass. Cars pass over the patched spot -- usually caliche or some sort of gravel -- and dirt flies everywhere. It all ends up on your car and streaks mark the whole street.
Here's a thought: instead of introducing prayer resolutions into city council meetings, why not come up with a rule that says anytime a patch job is done, the city has to clean up after itself. If you are put out in some way, your next water bill is on the house.