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DWP raises tally of water main breaks to six

April 3, 2012 | 10:09 am

 
This post has been corrected. Please see note at the bottom for details.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has raised the tally of water main breaks in the Fairfax and Hollywood areas of the city to six, from three.

The most significant continued to be the break near the intersection of West 3rd Street and South Fairfax Avenue, which has resulted in the closure of 3rd Street between South Ogden Drive and South Fairfax Avenue near the popular Farmers Market complex.

The newly confirmed breaks, according to a DWP spokesperson on Tuesday morning, are in the 1100 block of North McCadden Place and in the 6000 block of Waring Avenue. The breaks that were reported earlier Tuesday occurred in the 900 block of Croft Avenue, the 5800 block of La Mirada Avenue and the 300 block of North Vista Street.

MAP: Locations of water main breaks

The department is reporting that 130 customers are affected with low pressure or no service. A spokesperson confirmed that the breaks are related to a routine inspection of the floating cover of the Lower Franklin Canyon Reservoir. That inspection, which began Monday, took the water source offline for local customers.

“Operational changes such as these can cause fluctuations in pressure and expose weaknesses in older main lines,” according to a statement issued by the DWP.

Work on the reservoir, the DWP said, should be completed by the end of the week. The DWP says that it will be making adjustments to the system to minimize pressure fluctuation while the inspection and maintenance of the reservoir’s cover is taking place.

Fluctuations in water pressure were behind a series of significant ruptures in the city’s water system in 2009 when it was determined that a water conservation policy that placed restrictions on lawn watering had strained an aging network of cast-iron pipes.

In the aftermath of one break -– underneath Coldwater Canyon Drive in Studio City -– the city faced 108 legal claims, 41 of them from homeowners.

[For the Record, April 3, 11:21 a.m.: A previous version of this post said the number of water main breaks had been raised to five, but it was six.]

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