Larry Mantle |

Good Deed of Water Conservation Might Be Getting Punished




Is Los Angeles' mandatory water conservation program responsible for the recent series of main line breaks the City's been experiencing? A couple of engineers quoted recently in the Los Angeles Times say the link is worth exploring. The theory is that having every DWP customer watering the same two days of the week is putting highly variable pressure on the water system, with aging pipes unable to handle the spikes in usage.

If true, and it's only speculation without concrete evidence, it would be a prime example of the unintended consequences of changes in public policy. No one would argue that water conservation is anything but good, but there are numerous ways by which the goal could be accomplished. Who would've guessed that by mandating Mondays and Thursdays for watering that it might cause a problem with the City's pipes?

Monday on "AirTalk," a we'll host the three prime candidates for the L. A. City Council's District 2 seat and talk with noted Autism researcher Dr. Stanley Greenspan about his new book on ADHD.