LOS ANGELES (CNS) – More than 4 million residents in Los Angeles County will be asked to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days next month while the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) repairs a leak in a water pipeline.
The repairs will take place from Sept. 6 to 20, and will impact the cities of San Fernando, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena and Torrance.
Residents in the Central Basin Municipal Water District, Foothill Municipal Water District, Three Valleys Municipal Water District and West Basin Municipal Water District will also be impacted.
Officials discovered a leak in the 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, which delivers water from the Colorado River to Southern California, earlier this year. The pipeline was running at a reduced capacity after a temporary repair while officials designed a more permanent solution.
“We need to make this urgent repair to ensure this infrastructure can continue serving Southern California in the immediate term and for years to come,” said Brent Yamasaki, systems operations manager for MWD.
“While we do this work, we need people who normally get water from this pipeline to eliminate their outdoor water use to stretch the limited available water supplies. We don’t take this call lightly, but it is what is needed at this time.”
The call to action to suspend outdoor watering will be non-enforceable — homeowners and business owners will not face fines if they continue with outdoor watering during the 15-day period.
“If somebody is watering during that time, there wouldn’t be any sort of code enforcement or citations or anything like that,” Matt Baumgardner, the City of San Fernando director of public works, explained.
“But I think the idea is that they’re asking all residences and all these communities that are affected to please help out by not doing [outdoor watering]. … It’s purely voluntary.”
Baumgardner said that the City of San Fernando started spreading the news on its social media pages shortly after MWD put out the call to action. More reminders will be put forth as the two-week period gets closer.
Officials provided tips to residents prior to the shutdown, including delaying new plantings until after Sept. 20, avoiding fertilizing lawns and plants and turning the sprinkler timer off on the evening of Sept. 5.
Residents can view a map of affected areas and more information here: mwdh2o.com/shutdown.