Fairfax District Water Main Leaks Blamed on Work at Reservoir

The LADWP responded to five water main leaks Tuesday morning

Water is back on in the areas affected by the six ater main breaks in the Fairfax-West Hollywood area Tuesday.

But late in the afternoon, another pipe broke cutting off water for another 20 families near Bronson and La Mirada Streets.

DWP crew wrapped up the other repairs by 5p.m.

Crews responded Tuesday morning to six water main leaks, including the broken water main near the Farmers Market. The agency said the leaks were caused by reservoir inspection work that might have caused water pressure changes.

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Other leaks occurred in the West Hollywood and Hollywood areas. The leaks are related to inspection work done Monday at the Lower Franklin Reservoir, which provides water for those areas, according to the LADWP.

"As part of regular inspection protocol, the reservoir is taken offline  and temporarily replaced by a different source of water,'' the LADWP said in a statement. "Operational changes such as these can cause fluctuations in  pressure, and expose weaknesses in older main lines.''

Crews responded at about 3 a.m. to discover a broken eight-inch pipe. Water service was cut off to some businesses, including a Starbucks coffee shop, but the main line on Third Street was replaced and back in service at about noon.

The break near the Farmers Market damaged pavement on 3rd Street and sent a steady stream of water into the road near Fairfax Avenue. Third Street was closed between Fairfax and Gilmore Lane, and some drivers used a business' parking lot to go around the closure -- a detour that led to even more horn honking on the already busy route.

About 100 customers were without water or low-flow service, according to the LADWP. The Farmer Market remained open, despite the street closure.

In Hollywood, a water main leak occurred at about 1:30 a.m. near North Bronson and La Mirada avenues. The LADWP also reproted leaks in the 6000 block of Waring Avenue and 1100 block of North McCadden Place.

In West Hollywood, a water main leak was reported on North Croft Avenue, just north of Romaine Street.

A sixth leak was reported at about 9 a.m. near Melrose and La Cienega.


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