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Hundreds without irrigation water

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Hundreds of homes in Yakima still don't have irrigation water, and haven't for the past week.

So while the temperatures continue to climb, lawns and flowers have gone without water all because of a private irrigation canal that provides water to some parts of the city. 

The canal that's having the problem is privately operated by the new Schanno Canal Company.

But because the problem's affecting people in Yakima city limits, city crews are out helping fix it.

It started last Friday, when several portions of pipe began to leak, flooding streets, and lawns with hundreds of gallons of water.

Both the Lenox and 9th Avenue systems had to be shut off, leaving about 700 people with little or no irrigation water.

City Irrigation Supervisor, Brad Harrison said they believe they've found the problem and are working to fix it.

"It's old concrete up above and there's a plug down here off of Mead and the water's not getting by so it's creating pressure up above and bursting the pipe," said Harrison.

Harrison says the next step is to dig up the plugged pipe on 12th Avenue and fix it.

If all goes according to plan, they hope to have service back by Friday morning.

The two systems serve about 1,400 homes from Voelker to 12th Avenue, between Mead and Baker Street.