Los Angeles City Council To Consider New Water Rationing Schedule
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday was expected to consider changing the city's lawn-watering schedule in order to relieve pressure on subterranean pipes that burst last year at alarming rates.
The new schedule would allow residents at odd-numbered addresses activate sprinklers on Mondays and Thursdays and those at even-number addresses go on Tuesdays and Fridays. Genius.
It's been an only-in-L.A. saga, with sinkholes (one even half-swallowed a fire truck), street floods and damaged businesses. The Department of Water and Power, which has the highest-paid workers in the city (because to attract the best, you have to pay), couldn't figure it out and doubted the conclusion by a team of experts that the water-rationing schedule was putting pressure on the aging pipes below L.A.
If three-days-a-week watering goes into effect, odd-numbered addresses would add Saturdays to their watering schedules; even-number ones would get Sundays. If the opposite were to happen, the odd-numbered residents would drop Thursdays and the even-numbered ones would drop Fridays.
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There were 101 water pipe breaks reported from July through September of 2009. The DWP originally reported that the breaks were "normal" (way to go, overpaid, taxpayer-funded public-relations people) but data later showed they represented double the usual number of breaches.
Jean-Pierre Bardet, chairman of USC's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, along with a team of experts he convened, eventually figured out that the rationing, instituted in reaction to California's drought, was to blame.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.
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