Underground Pipe Repair

August 19th, 2014

How UCLA flooded on a sunny day (Metafilter)

Last Tuesday afternoon, a 30-inch water main burst beneath Sunset Boulevard on the northern edge of the UCLA campus, creating a geyser dozens of feet high. It took more than three hours to shut off the flow of water; by then, eight to ten million gallons of water had been released. The water flooded the UCLA campus, damaging the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion and trapping hundreds of cars in underground parking structures.

The failing pipe was reported to be more than 90 years old, calling attention to LA’s aging water system.

Sunset Boulevard reopened today. LADWP documented the repair process with a series of photos on Twitter.

What’s the real purpose of educational benchmarking? – Washington Post (blog)

What’s the real purpose of educational benchmarking?Washington Post (blog)The new map I was helping to construct would enable engineers to locate and repair blockages and breaches and improve the public sanitation of the town. Four of us, all university students, worked over several summers to assemble this new map. Without …

Century-old pipe break points to national problem

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

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