City Council wants more answers on water main breaks

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L.A. Department of Water and Power officials don’t have many answers yet about the recent string of water main breaks. They told the L.A. City Council Wednesday they’re studying the problem. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad says that that didn’t go over well with one councilmember.

Shirley Jahad: Despite dramatic recent images of cars floating along Ventura Boulevard and fire trucks swallowed in sinkholes, DWP officials say the number of water main breaks isn’t up over past years. L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry says DWP officials should have more information about what’s going on. Water officials did bring out charts to show the oldest of the city’s century-old pipes are actually leaking the least.

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Jan Perry: Yeah, that’s interesting. I’d like to have them tell us why.
Jahad: And they couldn’t?
Perry: Well, today we didn’t get an answer to that. Hopefully, we will get an answer in 30 days or before. I’ll tell you one thing: if we don’t have it in 30 days, I’m going to be pretty upset.

Jahad: To come up with that answer, the DWP will put together a team of experts from the Jet Propulsion Lab, Cornell, and USC.