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Is aging infrastructure to blame for UCLA water main break?

by Take Two®

Water covers the court inside the Pauley Pavilion after a broken water main flooded the UCLA campus. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

A busted water main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and flooded Sunset Boulevard and UCLA yesterday.

About 8 to 10 million gallons of water were lost before the line was shut off more than three hours later. Athletic facilities on the campus, including the newly remodeled Pauley Pavilion, were deluged. Andrew Ames, a fitness instructor at UCLA, was in Parking Lot 4, right around the corner from Pauley Pavilion, when it all began. He joins Take Two to talk about what he witnessed. 


The pipe that ruptured was a 30-inch water main carrying millions of gallons of water. It was built nearly 100 years ago in 1921, a reminder of our aging and vulnerable water infrastructure.

Mark Gold, acting director of UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, joins Take Two with more. 

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