Failure in 83-year-old pipe cause of water leak

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Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
A section of underground water pipe that burst, causing a 24,000-gallon leak in an Ojai neighborhood, was displayed at the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) board of directors meeting Oct. 11. The leak was reported Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Ventura and Matilija streets. For approximately two hours, roughly 200 gallons per minute leaked from the pipe, according to Ron Merckling, CMWD water conservation and public affairs manager. The four-inch-diameter cast iron pipe, installed in 1934, was heavily corroded and partially obstructed by iron deposits. Merckling added that some of the valves near the origin of the leak were not working. The pipe failure was the latest example of the aging infrastructure CMWD is working to replace in the transition from Golden State Water Company, Merckling said. “We're trying to upgrade the system over the next three to five years so that it works for everybody in a reliable and sustainable way,” he added.
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