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Crumbling Pipes Disrupt Water Service to Six Neighborhoods


Aired 4/19/09

San Diegans got a reminder yesterday of the city's crumbling and aging sewage system. Several city neighborhoods were without water because of broken water pipes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

While the pipe failures usually happen in one part of the city, residents in six neighborhoods had their water service knocked out because of main breaks. The city's water department says service to neighborhoods in City Heights, La Jolla, Little Italy, North Park, and Scripps Ranch were affected.

Mayor Jerry Sanders' spokesman Fred Sainz says the unusually high number of pipeline problems is a reminder about the deteriorating condition of the city's water system infrastructure. Sainz says four of the breaks were caused by crumbling cast-iron pipe. Sanders has proposed a plan to fix the city's aging pipes. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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