Encino Water Main Break Update

Encino Water Main Break Update

LADWP water system crews continue to make repairs on a 16-inch cast iron water main pipe that ruptured earlier today at approximately 9:40 AM at 17949 Karen Drive, located just south of the intersection of Zelzah Avenue and Valley Vista Drive in Encino.  Approximately 60 customers are currently without water service and two homes were evacuated as a precaution by LAFD. Water and mud also flowed across homeowners lawns and into swimming pools in the immediate area.  When excavating the area around the pipe, crews discovered a damaged sewer line that must also be repaired.  As a result, the current estimated time for completion of repairs to both pipes and restoration of service to customers is 10 pm.  Street repairs will follow.

The 66-year old water pipe was under relatively high pressure due to its’ hillside location and crews had to work carefully to shut down the pipe slowly to prevent creating a water hammer that could have led to other pipe breaks in the area.  Positive water flow through the pipe also needed to be maintained to protect water quality and avoid having to issue a boiled water notice for the area.  The pipe is part of 7,200 miles of water mains and larger-diameter trunk lines that form a network across the city, delivering water 24/7 to four million customers.

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