More than 4 million people affected by a major pipeline repair project during the past two weeks were allowed to resume outdoor watering on Sept. 19 after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California completed the project two days ahead of schedule.
The repair project affected residents and businesses in many parts of Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customer were not affected because the LADWP received water from other sources.
The MWD called upon residents to stop outdoor watering for up to 15 days starting Sept. 6 while the 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, a primary conduit of Colorado River water into Southern California, was repaired. Crews worked 24 hours to make the repairs and fully transition the pipeline back into service two days ahead of schedule. In response to calls for conservation, the MWD estimates residents and businesses reduced water demand by 30% during the shutdown. MWD chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said the conservation was vital for preserving extremely limited State Water Project supplies.
“We know it wasn’t easy to heed our no outdoor watering call, particularly during the extreme heat wave the region experienced early in the shutdown, but Southern Californians stepped up their water saving efforts again, as they have in the past, to help us through this critical shutdown,” Gray said.
After a leak was discovered earlier this year, the MWD made a temporary repair and began operating the pipeline at reduced capacity until a permanent solution was designed.
“I want to thank the crews who worked tirelessly to complete the project ahead of schedule,” MWD general manager Adel Hagekhalil said. “This shutdown also required an extraordinary amount of coordination, and we wouldn’t have been successful without the public’s water-saving help and the cooperation and support of our affected member agencies. Now that this critical repair is complete, all Southern Californians must still continue saving as much water as possible to help our region through this ongoing historic drought.”
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