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LADWP Crews Work On 4th Water Main Break In As Many Days In Beverly Grove

BEVELRY GROVE ( — Crews Wednesday worked on a fourth water main break in as many days in Beverly Grove.

The 4-inch pipe broke shortly before midnight in the 600 block of N. Crescent Heights Boulevard, just a little over a mile from a break that took place Tuesday on Blackburn Avenue.

The incident was also less than a mile from a break that happened Sunday at Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue and slightly more than a mile away from one that took place Sunday night in the 8300 block of W. 4th Street.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews arrived shortly after 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to work on the pipe that was installed in 1922.

Officials said it was unrelated to the other breaks.

"It's just par for the course. I mean with the aging infrastructure we can't say when or where they're going to break at any particular time. It just so happens we had four in a row," LADWP Superintendent Kirk Broyard said.

About 40 to 60 customers had low water pressure, according to the LADWP. Full service was expected to be restored Wednesday afternoon.

"Our guys are going to work diligently to turn the water back on, getting the consumers their water, making the repairs and opening the street up to traffic," Broyard said.

He added that the department has an aggressive replacement program in place for the 7,000 aging pipes.

Jack Humphreville, an advocate with the Wilshire Neighborhood Council, released the following statement:

"The water main break at Crescent Heights and Melrose is symptomatic of Water & Power's neglect of its infrastructure. This has been caused in large part by the City Council, which has been diverting ratepayer funds from DWP to City Hall that should have been devoted to the repair," he said.

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