Water conservation discussed at CV City Council meeting

Outside the Crescenta Valley Water District offices on Foothill Boulevard, the water alert sign will change from yellow to orange on June 1.
Photo by Rachelle MILLER

By Mary O’KEEFE

James Lee, Director of Finance and Administration for the Crescenta Valley Water District, spoke about the importance of water conservation at CV City Council on Thursday, May 19.

“The historic drought persists and in response the Foothill Water Agencies will all transition from yellow to orange at the same rate [stage]“, said Lee.

Currently, the CVWD is in a water conservation level of yellow, which is classified as “extraordinary water conservation” by the water agency. This means the Metropolitan Water District draws water from most of its storage programs to meet demand.

From June 1, the area will change to the orange stage, which means that the water supply is limited. For water customers, this means residential and commercial landscape irrigation is limited to a maximum of two days per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays (the same days as Glendale Water & Power customers). Public areas owned and operated by school districts or public use areas larger than 4,000 square feet are exempt.

In addition, in the orange stage, filling, filling and adding water to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or spas is prohibited. There are exceptions, however, including the addition of water to prevent equipment failure. CVWD, however, “urges that a [pool/spa] lid is used to prevent evaporation and thus reduce the frequency of refilling.

The use of water to clean, maintain, fill or recharge decorative fountains or similar structures is prohibited. Vehicle washing is limited to the use of hand buckets with quick rinses using a hose with a positive-closing nozzle, according to CVWD.

During this stage, residents are required to repair water leaks within 48 hours.

According to CVWD’s Christy Colby, construction on Los Olivos Lane between Pennsylvania Avenue and La Crescenta Avenue is underway and progress has been slower than expected due to material shortages amid continued supply chain disruptions. Work in progress includes the installation of water pipes. This will be followed in mid-June by “connections” (connecting the new water pipe to the existing water pipe in several places). During the connection phase, there will be short periods when the water will have to be shut off (details of the shutdown will follow in a later update). Affected residents will be notified prior to a water cut. Temporary traffic control, traffic delays and minor delays are expected to continue during working hours.

She added that this week marks two and a half months of construction on the Los Olivos Lane project, which is approximately 65% ​​complete. To date, the contractor has installed 3,300 linear feet of lined and cement lined eight-inch steel pipes, 45 water pipes and eight fire hydrants. The construction team is currently working on the 3000 block of Los Olivos Lane. The project is expected to be completed in July 2022. Finally, the trenches will be temporarily paved or plated and the roadways fully reopened to traffic at the end of each working day and on weekends.

Colby added that the project in Alabama’s 3000 block is on hold due to labor shortages on the contractor side.

“We hope to launch it by July,” she said.

Lee told the meeting that CVWD crews were working on replacing the valves on Briggs Avenue.

This is the state’s third drought year and although the state has conducted conservation education campaigns, many California residents and businesses have not taken conservation seriously, according to state data. .

In the summer of last year, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a drought emergency asking residents to cut their water use by 15%; This does not happen. In fact, water consumption has increased by 19% compared to March 2020, according to the National Water Resources Control Board.

Governor Newsom summoned leaders of California’s largest city water providers and water associations on Monday, imploring them to take more aggressive action to address the drought and better engage their customers to ensure that all Californians are doing their part to save water, according to a statement.

“Each state water agency must take more aggressive steps to communicate the drought urgency and implement conservation measures,” Governor Newsom said in a statement. “California have made significant changes since the last drought, but we have seen an increase in water use, especially as we approach the summer months. We all need to think more about how to ensure that every drop counts.”

Earlier this year, Glendale City Council approved Glendale Water & Power’s move to Phase III in its Water Conservation Ordinance.

“Glendale and many towns across the state that depend on water from the State Water Project are moving towards increasing their mandatory water conservation phases due to a lack of predicted runoff during the winter months. summer,” according to GWP.

The majority of customer water use is for outdoor landscaping. According to the GWP, the easiest way to conserve is to reduce outdoor watering as much as possible.

For Glendale customers who do not comply with Phase III of the Water Conservation Ordinance, they will receive a Notice of Violation Warning. Repeat violations can result in a fine of up to $1,000.

GWP customers can report water waste anonymously by calling GWP’s Wastewater Hotline at (818) 550-4426 or by submitting a form online at www.GlendaleCA.gov/ReportWaterWaste.

The City of Burbank is currently in Stage II of the Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. Stage II limits outdoor watering to three days a week — Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — from April through October. During the colder months of November through March, outdoor watering is only permitted on Saturdays, according to Burbank Water & Power.

Outdoor watering is permitted before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m., for up to 15 minutes per irrigation station. In addition, assisted manual watering is authorized any day and at any time.

Crescenta Valley Water District and GWP customers have consistently responded positively when asked to conserve. Average residential gallons per capita per day (R-GPCD) usage from February 2021 through March 2022 for CVWD customers averaged 93.72; Glendale customers used 78.32; Pasadena 100.65; Burbank 103.20; Rubio 166.37; Lincoln 101.79; and Valley 270.30.

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