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Theory on L.A. water main blowouts

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 18, 2009

The LA Times reported this afternoon on a theory that the spate of water main blowouts in the LA water system may be related to fluctuating water pressure resulting from the city’s decision to permit sprinklers to run only on Mondays and Thursdays.

“You made a change in operations…and now you get an anomalous number of failures. To me that is an ‘ah hah’ moment,” said Richard Little, director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at USC.

Read the story here.

One Response to “Theory on L.A. water main blowouts”

  1. I saw the story and thought it was yet another example of unintended consequences of changing the long-established pattern of water use and abuse. We’re in a shakeout period. It’ll be interesting to see where all this lands.

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