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Investigating L.A.'s burst water mains

November 2, 2009 |  6:00 am

Ktla_newsN2 In the wake of the water main breaks across Los Angeles, KTLA’s Eric Spillman reports that the Department of Water and Power has identified at least 100 water mains across the city in serious danger of failing -- and, he says, they aren’t necessarily the oldest pipes.

“There’s enough pipe under Los Angeles to go all the way to New York City and back, over 7,000 miles -- and it’s old as I am, most of it. So it’s kind of falling apart,” said David Freeman, interim general manager of the DWP. Some of the pipes under downtown Los Angeles date to 1887, Spillman reports. 

He’ll have more on which neighborhoods have the most problems and why the pipes have yet to be replaced at 6 a.m. Tuesday on KTLA-TV Channel 5.