The UCLA campus, parts of which were inundated after a nearly 100-year-old water pipe under Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard burst Tuesday, raised doubts about the city's aging waterworks.
According to the Los Angeles Times, an official of the Department of Water and Power, or DWP, was questioned about the response to stop the gushing water after an estimated eight to 10 million gallons of water poured out from the ruptured 93-year-old water pipe. The water had been reportedly flowing for more than three hours before the flow was cut off.
"We had to do research to get to the correct valve," Jim McDaniel, a DWP senior assistant general manager, said, according to the LA Times, adding that the closure of a wrong valve could have left many people without water.
Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz reportedly said: “Unfortunately, we lost a lot of water, around 35,000 gallons a minute, which is not ideal in the worst drought in the city's history.”
According to reports, more than 100 cars were stranded in garages, while two buildings on the UCLA campus, in addition to the iconic Pauley Pavilion, were damaged. Officials at the UCLA campus also reportedly said that the extent of damage would have to be analyzed before deciding if the indoor arena could be used again this season.