“We need to make this urgent repair to ensure this infrastructure can continue serving Southern California in the immediate term and for years to come. While we do this work, we need people who normally get water from this pipeline to eliminate their outdoor water use to stretch the limited available water supplies,” Metropolitan Water System Operations Manager Brent Yamasaki said in a statement. “We don’t take this call lightly, but it is what is needed at this time.”
After the leak was found earlier this year, Metropolitan said that it “made a temporary repair and began operating the pipeline at a reduced capacity while a more permanent solution was designed and developed.” The pipeline will be down until September 20.
As Southern California — like much of the West — is facing prolonged drought conditions, residents and businesses have faced a summer of water consumption cuts and desperate urgings from officials to take conservation measures. Some counties, including LA County, have already been told to slash outdoor watering amid major supply shortages.