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Latest water main break: South Los Angeles

October 9, 2009 |  9:53 am

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews are scrambling to fix the latest water main break, this time a South Los Angeles failure that has left a handful of residents without running water.

The break in a six-inch cast-iron pipe occurred at 12:39 a.m. at 115th Street and Denver Avenue, said Kim Hughes, a DWP spokeswoman. Workers shut off water, affecting five residential customers, though it’s unclear if they are single-family homes or multi-family dwellings, she said.

Crews hope to have water restored shortly.

“Our team is opening up the area and getting to the pipe and making repairs,” she said. “They’re digging down and seeing what they’ve got.”

Los Angeles has seen an increase in water main breaks in recent weeks, with double the number last month compared to the year before. Officials are investigating the cause, but some suspect that recent water rationing limiting lawn watering to certain days may be stressing the aging pipes.

-- Seema Mehta

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