LEVEL 4 WATER SHORTAGE UPDATE:
PASADENA RESIDENTS CUT WATER USE, BUT EMERGENCY IS NOT OVER
PASADENA, Calif. — Pasadena residents have steadily curtailed their water use during the first half of the Stage 4 Water Shortage that began February 21. Customers of Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) are encouraged to continue these deep reductions in water use through February 28 to help the city stretch its limited water reserves and avert a true, citywide water crisis.
“Pasadena Water and Power customers have done a great job conserving so far,” said PWP General Manager Phyllis Currie. “Although our water supply projection looks good, we are not out of the woods yet. With unusually warm temperatures ahead of us this week, conservation remains imperative.”
PWP encourages its customers to continue adhering to the city’s mandatory water use restrictions, and has posted conservation tips on its website and Facebook page, both of which have seen spikes in online visitors over the past week. In addition to fixing leaks and turning off sprinkler systems, customers are encouraged to limit their shower time to five minutes, run only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers, and not to leave the water running while brushing, shaving or washing dishes.
Alicia Hernandez, a resident of Northeast Pasadena with a family of five, said the effort to cut back on her household's water use has been easier than she anticipated.
"We planted a small vegetable garden two weeks ago, so I was concerned about the ban on outdoor watering," Hernandez said. "We made water conservation a family activity, and now our two boys are using the water collected while their showers warm up to maintain our garden. I think that's a practice we'll maintain even after the ban is over."
The city's water shortage comes as the result of Metropolitan Water District suspending its water deliveries to Pasadena and other foothill communities as it performs vital system repairs and upgrades to the Eagle Rock Tower in Eagle Rock and Weymouth Treatment Plant in LaVerne. During the shutdown, Pasadena must rely solely on its groundwater and reserves. The City of Pasadena is enforcing a ban on outdoor watering with very few exceptions until pipeline deliveries resume.
MWD reports that the pipeline shutdown is on schedule to end on Thursday, February 28 at 12:00 a.m.
For daily updates on Pasadena's Stage 4 Water Shortage, visit www.PWPweb.com/shutdown
or call the hotline for a recorded update at (626) 744-8888. For more information about the City of Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net.
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