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Water main breaks in Miracle Mile area

September 28, 2009 |  8:49 am


A water main ruptured at San Vicente Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue this morning, interrupting service to dozens of customers in what is the latest in a series of breaks in Los Angeles’ water system.

The water main break was reported about 6 a.m., flooding the streets, said Maychelle Yee of the Department of Water and Power. Service was cut off to 40 to 50 DWP customers, mainly commercial businesses, while repairs are under way, Yee said.
The rupture comes on the heels of other water main breaks reported over the weekend in Encino and the Hollywood Hills.

The department averages about four leaks a day in the city’s 7,200 miles of aging pipes, and smaller leaks should not be confused with “major blowouts” causing street damage, Yee said. More than 30 blowouts have been reported so far in September.

Some experts have speculated that the city's recent decision to allow sprinklers to be used only on Mondays and Thursdays may be increasing stress on aging pipes because of sudden changes in pressure.

“We do realize this is a little bit higher than normal,” Yee said of the breaks. “We have several outside experts looking into it. We’re just looking at everything to see how that might be affecting it.”

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: Repairs have begun on southbound Fairfax Avenue at San Vicente Boulevard. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


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