Officials are urging large areas of Los Angeles County to heed a temporary outdoor watering ban that will begin next week and will affect more than 4 million people as crews make repairs to a leaking major pipeline.
Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District introduced the 15-day ban at a news conference Tuesday. Irrigation restrictions begin Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 20 so workers can repair the 36-mile Upper Feeder Pipeline, which supplies water from the Colorado River, one of the two main water sources for most of Southern California.
“Today we are asking the community to join us in ensuring our region is responsible with our liquid gold—our water—and end outdoor irrigation September 6-20,” said Dawn Roth Lindell, general manager of Burbank Water and Power, said.
Roth Lindell said the MWD is calling on residents living in areas affected by the outdoor watering ban — including the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando and Torrance, and areas bordering the Central Basin Municipal Water District, Foothill Municipal Water District, Three Valleys Municipal Water District and West Basin Municipal Water District – to shut down all outdoor irrigation, including sprinkler and hand irrigation, while the pipeline is repaired.
The temporary ban does not apply to the city of Los Angeles, which has its own irrigation limits.
City officials discovered the leak in the pipeline in April and makeshift repairs were made, said Adel Hagekhalil, MWD general manager. The pipeline has since operated at reduced capacity, and MWD workers have been working “around the clock” to construct a 108-inch pipeline link needed for the critical line’s permanent repair.
“The temporary solution that we have put in place has allowed us to operate the pipeline at reduced capacity over the summer, but it is not designed to last long,” Hagekhalil said. “We cannot delay this repair any longer – it risks a breakdown and the possibility of an unplanned emergency situation.”
Roth Lindell said Burbank will be offering free recycled water to residents of George Izay Park Monday through Saturday during the closure as part of the city’s “H20 to Go” program. While recycled water isn’t typically offered to residents and is usually reserved for parks, golf courses and schools — not affected by the outdoor watering ban — the city is making an exception for residents during this period.
“Your lawn will survive those two weeks,” Roth Lindell said, encouraging Burbank residents to visit the city utility’s website for tips on how to prepare, such as:
The ban is unrelated to critical drought conditions along the Colorado River, which is shrinking to new lows due to climate change and chronic overexploitation.
Local residents who depend on the agency’s other main source, the State Water Project, are already subject to reduced irrigation limits and are being asked to adhere to those schedules during the shutdown. These include rules for outdoor watering two days a week for areas served by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-30/15-day-watering-ban-announced-for-areas-of-l-a-county 15-day watering ban announced for areas of L.A. County