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Foothills asked to conserve water for 10 days

March 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
People living in the foothill communities of Los Angeles County are being asked to cut down on their water usage. A water treatment plant serving several areas is scheduled to be shut down for maintenance over the next 10 days.

Starting Friday, the F.E. Weymouth Treatment Plant in Laverne will be shut down for 10 days for seismic retrofitting and maintenance.

The closure will affect the water supply of the foothill communities of La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge, Altadena, Pasadena, San Dimas, Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights. Residents in these communities are asked to cut back water usage by 40 percent between March 18 and March 28.

Some residents said cutting back 40 percent for 10 days is possible.

"It'll be rough," said Pasadena resident Jackie Brown. "I'll buy Arrowhead if I have to. It'll be rough but yeah, we're ready."

"It's doable because it's better for our environment," said Pasadena resident Adonus Miller. "Everybody does their share and it makes for a better water percentage."

Water district officials are asking residents of the affected areas to cut back on water usage through such practices as:

  • No outdoor watering
  • No filling pools
  • Cut down on laundry
  • Cut down on washing dishes
  • Shorten showers
  • Don't wash the car

"It's very important for people to adhere to restrictions that have been put in place and help us conserve the water that will be available," said Phyllis Currie, general manager of Pasadena Water and Power.

In Pasadena, city employees will be out on patrol during the 10-day period to ensure compliance. If you're not, you could be fined up to $500.