The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has requested local residents to practice heightened water conservation in Los Angeles and Orange Counties through Wednesday, July 2nd, while it performs critical repairs to a major regional water pipeline that serves as many as 12 million people.

Residents are asked to postpone washing vehicles (except at commercial car washes using recycled water); irrigate lawns and landscaping only on alternate days; take shorter showers, and delay using dishwashers and clothes washers until there is a full load.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local sup- plies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

“In order to prevent what could be a severe break in our Sepulveda Feeder pipeline, we will be working 24-hours a day to install new pipe sections and are asking residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties for heightened conservation over the next two weeks so that no one has to go without running water in their homes and businesses,” said Metropolitan assistant general manager and chief operating officer Debra Man.

The pipeline stretches from Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley south to Palos Verdes, and is a major source of imported water to Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and other cities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Tests of the pipeline in March found four spots of immediate concern — two under Sepulveda Boulevard outside the main entrance to Los Angeles National Cemetery; one under Slauson Avenue at Hannum Avenue in Culver City; and one under 64th Street near LeDoux Street in Ladera Heights.

A 12-mile section of the pipeline was blocked off, the line was drained, and around-the-clock work began June 21st. Work is expected to be completed by July 2nd, when the line will be re-filled and samples are tested.

“We are confident that with heightened water conservation in Los Angeles and Orange counties, and by moving water further west from our treatment plants in La Verne and Yorba Linda, that we’ll be able to prevent anyone from losing water service at their home or business,” Man said.

“We certainly appreciate the understanding and cooperation of residents and businesses in these communities and their increased water-conservation efforts over the next two weeks as we undertake this urgently needed project,” Man said.

Additional water-conservation information and tips can be found at www.bewaterwise.com/.

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