MWD calls upon lakhs to stop using outside water during pipeline repairs

Millions of Metropolitan Water District customers in the Los Angeles area are being called to eliminate all outdoor water for 15 days while repairing a pipeline in September.

Earlier this year a leak was discovered in a massive pipeline that carries water from the Colorado River to Southern California, according to a joint news release from Glendale Water & Power, the Foothill Municipal Water District and Crescenta Valley Water District.

A temporary repair was made to allow the pipe, which Measures approximately 9 feet 8 inches in diameter to continue operating at reduced capacity, but now the permanent components are ready for installation and the pipeline will need to be shut down.

Mike D’Ghetto, a spokesman for Glendale Water & Power, said: “It means that the water we’re going to get is coming from a state water project, which I think everyone knows is going to be a water shortage this year. Is.”

The project will take 15 days and is scheduled to take place between September 6 and 20.

This has led to calls that more than 4 million people have stopped all outdoor water supply and reduced their regular use during the repair period.

Increased conservation calls include the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando, San Marino, and Torrance, as well as areas of the Central Basin Municipal Water District, Foothill Municipal Water District, Three Valleys, and the Central Basin Municipal Water District. According to the news release Municipal Water District and West Basin Municipal Water District.

A map of areas being asked to increase their protection was provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California between September 6 and September 20.

The Water District asked that residents concerned about their landscaping have plumbing repairs at the top of their minds. “This is a small sacrifice for a much bigger benefit for all Southern California cities affected,” the news release said.

The Water District offered the following tips for both before and during the project:

before closing

general landscaping

• Delay all new plantings after 20 September.

• Avoid fertilizing lawns and plants prior to shutdown.

• Weed your garden to help provide more water for your plants.

• On the evening of September 5, set your sprinkler timer to the “Off” position.


• Aerate your lawn and fertilize two weeks before closing.

• Set the mowers to cut more or avoid cutting the grass. Tall grass helps reduce evaporation.

• Irrigate your lawn as per your agency’s watering schedule before September 6.

shrubs/flowers/ground cover

• On the last day before Tuesday, September 6th, deep and early morning drinking is allowed as per the existing restrictions of your agencies.

• Add mulch around your plants and water under the mulch.

• Shade your plants with sunbeds, canopy tents or umbrellas where possible.

• Prune plants to reduce leaves.

• Water succulents and other desert plants as normal. Too much water can damage them.


• On the last day before Tuesday, September 6, water your trees and shrubs deeply with a slow hose or regular hose, as your agencies’ current restrictions allow. Water until the soil is soaked to a depth of about 8-12 inches.

• Surround the tree with mulch before watering to retain excess moisture.

• Remember, native California oak trees do not require water throughout the summer.

During the shutdown (6-20 September)

on the road

• Remove all extraneous water.

• Remember, not watering for two weeks will not kill your lawn. Although you will notice a noticeable yellowing, this will improve after you resume your previous watering schedule.

• Don’t mow your lawn. Minimize the use of your lawn for playing, parking vehicles.

inside the house

• Keep a bucket in your shower to collect water as the shower heats up. Use for houseplants, sensitive outdoor plants, and areas of the lawn that may show extreme stress (hot spots).

• Take short showers (up to 5 minutes).

• Do not allow water to flow while washing dishes. Fill a small bin or bucket with water to wash your dishes. When you’re done, use that water for trees and grass.

More information about the project can be found at Water District website,

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