Water line ruptures in Echo Park*

Mud covers sidewalk on the west side of Alvarado near water line break.

Pavement cracked on the east side of Alvarado

The L.A. DWP is preparing to repair an Echo Park water line that ruptured early this morning  near Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard, flooding some nearby businesses, knocking out water service and threatening to disrupt the morning commute. At least one southbound lane of Alvarado south of Sunset will have to be closed as crews rip up the street and repair the damage, according to one Department of Water and Power worker on the scene. In addition, he said water to many of the businesses and a few homes on the west side of Alvarado between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Ynez Street had been shut off.

While water was no longer gushing from the ruptured  eight-inch water main, a layer of mud still covered the street and  sidewalks.  Cracks and holes were visible  on the east and west sides of Alvarado. Water and some muck had  also flowed into a rear storage area of the nearby Hit Bargain discount store. Most other businesses had not opened for the day, so it’s not clear how many others may have also suffered water damage.

* Update: About 50 DWP customers will remain without water until the water line is repaired, said an agency spokeswoman.  Alvarado just south of Sunset will be reduced to one traffic lane in each direction as crews repair the broken line.


  1. Woke up this morning and thought I hadn’t paid the water bill. Still no water yet. Anybody have a time frame on when this will be fixed?

  2. Don’t expect a polished clean up post-rupture. We’re still waiting on the ‘better than cold patch’ asphalt job on Allesandro Street near Loma Vista.

    • It’s not DWP’s jurisdiction to repave the street with anything more than cold patch. It’s the cash-strapped Public Works Department. They’re the bottle-neck. I thought you’d like to know so you could channel your frustrations towards them. You should see the “re-paving” job they did on my street in Highland Park. A lumpy, pothole-y mess. They didn’t even secure the area while it was still wet so there are tire tread marks through it that they haven’t fixed.

  3. What ‘cristi’ reports is even worse at Oak Glen Place.
    There is a drop off that one feels. I have spoken to the council office and it has been referred. When the same problem occurred on Oak Glen Place itself, it took lots of calls to properly repair the dangerous exit out of our driveway.

  4. What do you expect from the greedy DWP of LA. Never doing there job right and always asking for hikes increases.

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