USC Professor: LA’s Aging Water Pipes Will Only Get Worse

STUDIO CITY ( — Tuesday'swater-main breakinWestwoodcertainly wasn't the first rupture of an aging underground pipe in Los Angeles.

Back in 2009, a 64-inch pipe, one of the largest in L.A., burst in Studio City, flooding surrounding homes and businesses.


An expert on infrastructure now tells CBS2's Kristine Lazar that when it comes to the city's underground water system, things are only expected to getworse.

"Los Angeles has around 20 percent of the network more than a 100 years old. So those pipes, they have a life cycle of 100 years. So 20 percent of the network is vulnerable," said Lucio Soibelman, a professor at USC's School of Engineering.

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