Faulty part prolongs Mexico City water outage for millions

A Mexico City Water Systems employee fills up his water truck full of potable water in Mexico City, Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. Mexico City is currently on...
Mexico City Water Systems employees monitor the transfer of water into the apartments water tank in Mexico City, Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. Mexico City is...

A Mexico City Water Systems employee fills up his water truck full of potable water in Mexico City, Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. Mexico City is currently on...

Mexico City Water Systems employees monitor the transfer of water into the apartments water tank in Mexico City, Saturday Nov. 3, 2018. Mexico City is...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say a water outage that has left millions of homes and businesses dry since last week will last about two days longer than planned.

The National Water Commission said Monday in a statement that a new piece installed during the scheduled maintenance to the Cutzamala water system "suffered a displacement in its assembly." So pumping was halted to reduce pressure.

A fix will take an estimated 36 to 40 hours.

The water cutoff began Wednesday and is said to have affected at least 7 million people. Service was originally planned to be restored by Tuesday.

Ramon Aguirre Diaz is director general of the Mexico City Water System. He said in an interview late Sunday with Foro TV that it would be back to normal Thursday.