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January - February 2013

Water Supply Will Be Tight in February

NosprinkleGet ready to turn off your sprinklers—Pasadena is planning ahead for an imported-water shutdown in February. 

From Feb. 21-28, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which provides about 60 percent of Pasadena’s water, has scheduled vital system repairs. Working round-the-clock, crews will be repairing valves at the F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne and at the Eagle Rock Tower in Eagle Rock, fixing a major pipeline that serves Pasadena.

During the eight-day period, Pasadena’s imported-water feed will be completely shut down. At that point, we’ll have just enough water stored in the City’s reservoirs and pumped from five city groundwater wells to meet our customers’ typical water demands—with no margin left should the work take longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances.

To avoid running out of water, we’ll need everybody to cut consumption by at least 10 percent from Feb. 21 until Feb. 28!

The easiest way is to shut off your landscaping sprinklers, a strategy that helped Pasadena cut usage by 40 percent during a similar shutdown in spring 2011.

The Pasadena City Council has tentatively set a public hearing for Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall’s Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave., to decide whether to ban outdoor irrigation during the repairs. If approved, the ban will be widely publicized, and city staff will be out in the community reminding property owners of
the prohibition.

Whether sprinkler shutoffs are voluntary or mandatory, most plants and lawns will easily survive eight days without water, especially during the anticipated cool winter weather.

For daily updates on the shutdown, visit www.pwpweb.com/shutdown. To hear recorded updates, call PWP’s Water Shortage Hotline at
(626) 744-8888.