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Workers still repairing ruptured water main at LAX

July 17, 2009 | 11:02 am

Workers are still trying to repair a ruptured water main that flooded a parking lot and shut down restrooms and refreshments stands at some Los Angeles International Airport terminals.

The 12-inch water main broke Thursday afternoon on the ground floor of a parking structure, causing flooding on the first level, Los Angeles World Airports officials said in a statement.

 “The flooding is now gone,” but “the structure remains closed,” LAWA officials said. “All other parking structures are open.”

Concessions in the Terminals 2 and 3 are open, with vendors selling prepackaged food items and bottled water, LAWA officials said. Passengers are being directed to use portable restrooms on the upper and lower levels outside the affected terminals and facilities in adjacent terminals.

Airport officials estimated that “non-potable water service” would be restored to Terminal 2 at 11 a.m., and later this afternoon to Terminal 3.

“The water is not drinkable and cannot be used for hand washing,” LAWA officials underscored in e-mailed correspondence.

Airport staffers were manually providing water to operate toilets in the terminals. After the water service is restored, tests will be conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to determine when it would  be fit for human consumption, officials said. Test results are estimated to be known about 18 hours later.

No information was provided on how the rupture occurred. Airport flight operations and traffic conditions around the Central Terminal area remain normal, officials said.

-- Ann M. Simmons