Metropolitan Water District is Calling for Suspension of Outdoor Watering For 15 Days for Pipeline Repairs

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The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is calling on more than four-million people in the region to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days from Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022 as a critical imported water pipeline is shut down for emergency repairs, which will affect Beverly Hills Water customers.

West Hollywood residents and businesses are served by two water utility companies. Beverly Hills Water serves certain areas on the west side of the City; Beverly Hills Water customers are being asked to suspend outdoor watering from Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Tuesday, September 20, 2022 as MWD makes emergency water pipeline repairs. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) serves most areas of the City; LADWP customers are not directly affected by the water pipeline repairs but are being asked to continue adhering to water conservation restrictions. A map of West Hollywood water utility companies is available here.

The 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline is an important part of MWD’s regional water system, delivering Colorado River water into Southern California. After a leak was discovered in the pipeline earlier this year, MWD made a temporary repair and began operating the pipeline at a reduced capacity while a more permanent solution was designed and developed. As the repair is being made, the pipeline will be shut down and water will be fed from limited available water supplies.

Updates about the MWD pipeline shutdown will be available by visiting mwdh2o.com/shutdownTips about how residents and businesses can prepare their landscaping for no watering – ensuring it will thrive again once the shutdown is complete – and what to do indoors to reduce water usage are available by clicking here.

For more information from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), please contact communityrelations@mwdh2o.com. For more information from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, please contact the LADWP Customer Contact Center at 1-800-DIAL DWP (1-800-342-5397). For more information from Beverly Hills Water, please contact Beverly Hills Public Works Customer Service at (310) 285-2467 or at askpw@beverlyhills.org.

The City of West Hollywood reminds residents and businesses about water conservation rules now in effect and both utilities encourage their customers to continue to use water efficiently. Southern California is experiencing severe drought conditions, and across the western United States, scientists have found that the ongoing extreme dryness since the year 2000 has become the driest 22-year period in at least 1,200 years, a megadrought that research shows is being intensified by climate change.

For more information about current water conservation rules, see the City’s previously distributed news release. Tips for saving water are available on the City’s water conservation web page at www.weho.org/waterconservation.

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