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Canal systems getting old

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KENEWICK, Wash. -- Two weeks ago the Kennewick Irrigation Distrust had to fix two leaks at Edison Street and Metaline Avenue leaving 5,000 people without water.

Last week Columbia Irrigation District's main canal crumbled and about 8,000 people lost their water for almost a week.

Yesterday, KID had to fix two more leaks on Edison, leaving another 5,000 without irrigation overnight. The district says age is to blame.

"Our system was built in 1957 so we have a lot of pipes and canals that are 50 plus years old," says Beth Smith of KID.

Smith, says the leak was small, losing only one to two gallons per hour, but growing steadily. 

"The leak was getting bigger so we thought we'd just shut down before it got too hot and get the repair done," says Smith.

Smith says KID will start looking at other potential problem zones in the fall and that they have a pretty aggressive plan on the off season. 

As for Columbia irrigation district, their system dates back to 1896. They too say the canals are in need of repair.