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Pasadena, other cities on water restrictions this week

Metropolitan Water District

Foothill communities and the city of Pasadena are asking residents to save water through Thursday.

A quarter of a million people in Pasadena and other foothill communities have to continue conserving water through Thursday. 

Pasadena, Altadena, La Crescenta and La Canada Flintridge get some of their water from the regional wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District. Last week Metropolitan engineers took a major pipeline out of service to perform upgrades. The pipeline was more than ready for some maintenance – it’s more than half a century old.

What's interesting about this is that Metropolitan and the cities choose to fix infrastructure in the winter months when colder weather tamps down the demand for water.

Pasadena has declared a water emergency: residents must not water anything outside, or face fines of up to $1,000 a violation.

The foothill cities have asked people to save water by holding off on spring planting and even using a bucket in the shower to capture water for other uses before the water warms up. Obviously, that means leaving your jacuzzi unfilled for another month, too. 

Metropolitan expects work on the pipeline to wrap up by Thursday.

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