Friday, September 25, 2015
(Mod: I received the following email and pictures from a Sierra Madre resident earlier this week. His troubles are not unique and I have received similar emails over the past few months. I figured this would be as good a time as any to post his observations. The question that needs to be asked is this. If chloramine is doing this to metal pipes, what is it doing to far softer people?)
Have you heard anything about leaking water mains from residents? As you know since we have been importing water there is a lot of brown water when you first run a faucet that has been sitting for a few days. The brown is rust from the inside of the pipes, the decay of the iron pipes caused by the change in the water treatment from the imported water that started in 2013.
(Mod: The rest of this 2013 Los Angeles Times article can be found here.)
I have recently had 3 breaks, actually holes, in my 70 year old, 200 foot long water main. Plus another one has started.
Our pipes are literally being eating from the inside out from this change of water treatment. I know the city is also having problems with its mains.
Now we have to save water and deal with leaking water mains caused by a change in water treatment we have no control over? I can't believe I am an isolated case.
They have to keep the chloramine under 4 parts per million. Hard to believe that little will aggravate the rust.
(Mod: Wikipedia link here.)
I received a courtesy notice stating that my water usage increased so I checked my meter with everything turned off. Yes it is creeping along indicating there is another leak. My fault? I don't think so, but who gets the blame?
(Mod: The question I have is are all of these leaks responsible for Sierra Madre not hitting its state mandated water use reduction number last month? Are all of the reductions in water use being made by residents enough to overcome it?)
Posted by The Moderator at 5:00 AM