The Times expose was published on December 6. The emails obtained by the paper indicate that the airport had been trying to solve the problem as of at least November 19th. This was not a minor thing that could be fixed by tightening some pipes, in other words.
LAX is operated by Los Angeles World Airports. Officials from the organization want you to know that the problem has been dealt with, and that everything's fine with the terminals that passengers use. A November 23 email published by the Times, on the other hand, says that the entire clusterfark "represents entirely too much contamination from the water supply." So there's that.
This isn't the first time nonsense like this has happened at LAX, either. Last March they mixed used air conditioning water with what was supposed to be potable water. Terminal 6 had to be supplied with water bottles as a result. So at least these people are consistent.
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