Broken Water Main Floods SMB at West Hollywood City Hall

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We had yet another broken water main flooding in West Hollywood, this time at WeHo City Hall, at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, on the corner of Sweetzer Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at roughly 6:30 a.m. Water gushed down the boulevard forcing a lane closure and water outage at the City Hall Building, according to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) worker who was directing traffic into one single lane.

This is the second broken water main in West Hollywood in less than a week. A broken water main at the alley behind Heart WeHo Nightclub gushed water down San Vicente Boulevard at the Santa Monica Boulevard intersection flooding the area around the Progress Rainbow Crosswalks in the heart of the LGBT Rainbow District. Water and dirt covered the intersection and some community members needed assistance to get past the flooding water this afternoon.

While workers said the water was cutoff at City Hall, neighboring businesses were not affected by the broken water main and continued operations as usual. Joey’s Cafe across the street was busy, as well as Hamburger Mary’s while LADWP workers fixed the broken water main.

Broken Water Main in West Hollywood

City of West Hollywood got the word out earlier this month that new Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) water conservation rules now in effect. All LADWP customers — residential and commercial — are now limited to two-days-a-week outdoor watering as well as other water use restrictions. LADWP customers with street addresses ending in odd-numbers may water on Mondays and Fridays and customers with even-numbered street addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays, before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. LADWP’s new rules call for no watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., regardless of the day.

New LADWP restrictions also include two recommended practices: the use of pool covers to prevent evaporation, and the washing of vehicles at commercial car wash facilities. Hand watering is allowed every day before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. if the hose is equipped with a self-closing water shut-off device.

Existing water conservation practices continue to be in place:

Limiting outdoor watering with sprinklers to eight minutes per station on permitted watering days
Watering with sprinklers using water-conserving nozzles for up to 15 minutes, twice a day, on the permitted watering day
No water should flow off of property
No water should leak from any pipe or fixture
No watering within 48 hours after a measurable rain event
No hosing of driveway or sidewalk
No washing of vehicles using a hose without a self-closing nozzle
More information on the new watering days is available at www.ladwp.com/wateringdays.

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