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Water Main Break Affecting A Portion of Sunset Blvd. Between Alpine and Rexford

Updated Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 7:20 pm


Metropolitan Water District has determined conclusively Sunday night that the leak is in one of their pipes.

The pipe in question is a 32″ diameter pope that have a flow of 20-50 cubic feet per second, the Santa Monica Feeder.  The pipe, which was built in 1941, supplies water to Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. The Santa Monica Feeder is 24 miles long and flows from Eagle Rock to Santa Monica with treated water. Currently, MWD is searching for the precise site of the leak.

Only Santa Monica and Beverly Hills are effected. The two cities took the time over the weekend to fill their reservoirs prior to shutting down the water main. MWD crews are working around the clock to secure the location of the leak, to possible re-route water  or use other delivery methods during repair.

At this time, residents are asked to continue to conserve their water use, specifically to cease outdoor irrigation for landscaping. Inside, residents are asked to conserve water, as well. 

“Turn off irrigation. Turn off the water when you are doing dishes. Dishwashers are more economical. If you have any questions call 310-285-2467,” said Beverly Hills Water Conservation Manager  Debbie Figoni. She encouraged residents to use the water tracker tools provided by the City to monitor their water use.

Assistant Police Chief Marc Coopwood reported that traffic control would remain in place during the closures, which includes both east and west-bound traffic on Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive. Eastbound Sunset from Rexford to Alpine is closed and traffic is diverted both north and south; westbound Sunset is one lane; and North Alpine below Sunset is closed until further notice. 

Drivers are asked to avoid the area as crews work. 

Work could take several days. 

Residents Urged to Conserve Water Until Further Notice. East bound Sunset Bl is closed between Rexford Dr and Alpine Dr due to a water main break. Roadway safety being checked. Updates to follow

The City of Beverly Hills is reaching out through texts, automated phone calls and Nixle to let residents know that there has been a water main break on Sunset Boulevard between Rexford and Alpine Drives. Currently, Public Works and the Metropolitan Water District are working hard to discover the precise source of the leak. Several water pipes converge in the area of the leak. Workers have constructed k-rail barriers to guide water flows in the event of a leak and limited traffic in the area. 

The following press release came from the City’s Public Information Officer Keith Sterling earlier this afternoon: 

Residents and visitors are urged to avoid Sunset Boulevard in the vicinity of Alpine Drive as crews work to mitigate a water main break.
The City of Beverly Hills is working with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to determine the exact source of the leak as the area is serviced by multiple water lines.
Once the point of the leak is discovered, repairs will be made.  The extent of the damage and duration of the repair are yet to be determined.
As the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is the primary water provider for the City of Beverly Hills, the City is preparing to be solely reliant on local water supplies. Residents, businesses and visitors are urged to conserve water when possible, including the elimination of landscape watering for the next seven days.
Out of an abundance of caution, a portion of Sunset Boulevard is temporarily closed at Alpine Drive.  Eastbound Sunset is closed at Rexford Drive with traffic being diverted north and south; traffic on southbound Alpine is being diverted to westbound Sunset; North Alpine Drive is closed. Westbound Sunset is restricted to one lane. Heavy traffic is anticipated. Drivers should avoid the area and plan for added commute times until the roadway is open.
The City of Beverly Hills will provide additional information late Sunday.   After 3:00pm, please contact Public Works Customer Service at 310-285-2467 for more information.

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