Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Water Main Disaster: Could it Happen in Sunland-Tujunga?

Yet again, we see another massive water main break in Los Angeles. For sure, we can blame a lot of this on the part of poor management at the DWP and the City, deferred maintenance and such. At the same time though, we can not foreclose the impact of the massive densification going on Citywide, building enormous multi-family residential projects on land that once contained a few single family homes, attached to infrastructure that was designed for that low density (or in some cases, even lower!) use and put in place 50, 60 - or in the case of the Westwood break - 90 years ago!

How old and overtaxed is our Sunland-Tujunga infrastructure? No doubt we have water mains, sewer lines that were built as far back as the 1920s when the town got started in earnest.

If we continue to build the Day Streets, the Samoa Streets, the Verdugo Hills Golf Courses, the Stone Canyons, are we going to max out our local infrastructure and face similar disasters?

Imagine 8 - 10 million gallons of water cascading down Foothill Boulevard.

We haven't even mentioned the roads yet.

We need to work together to restrict any more massive apartment or home development in S-T. We simply can not accommodate it. You folks in Shadow Hills may think you're protected with your zoning, your great Sherman Oaks Property Owners Association and the very effective Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council. But remember one thing - if we build any more apartment complexes in S-T and max out a sewer, it's an immutable fact of physics that feces roll downhill.

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