This is how this past weekend went.
A pipe blew in the street right in front of our house. The fire department came. Then DWP came. They tried turning off the water for a good hour and a half and no luck. To their credit, they were trying to make the shut off points as contained as possible so as not to impact many residence nearby.
I had a brilliant idea. Water was gushing down the street and we were right at the source. I grabbed buckets with P and we made a game of watering our trees with free water! What do you know? DWP figures out how to shut off the water within minutes of us filling up our buckets! No free water for me! I asked one of the men if our house lost it's water and he said half joking, half serious " Yes, you don't get anymore water today. You've had your share."!
The DWP crew start working on the break. A few months ago the pipes up the street blew and they worked till 1am. I knew we were in for a long night. The break was within 30 feet of our bedroom window.
Before going to bed I couldn't resist going outside and taking pictures. The crew was very friendly. They know this is not an ideal situation for the neighbors so they're working fast and relatively quiet....as far as construction quiet goes. I'm concerned for our mature Jacaranda tree. They had to take out a 5 foot section of thick root running alongside the water pipe.
Our water is back on! We all slept surprisingly well. Before living here we lived on Wilshire Blvd, in a high rise. It was very noisy at night but it never bothered us. In fact, it took us a while to get use to sleeping in silence when we moved in here. DWP gave us the city noise back.
Now all that remains is a dusty, muddy mess. Our house is going to be dirty for the next couple months. My car as well. It has splashed mud all over from other cars driving by. Hummm....how do i get a water truck to come hose all this down the street?