Emergency Pipeline Repair – No Outdoor Watering

Urgent Call for Action: Emergency Repair to Upper Feeder Pipeline

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, residents and businesses in portions of greater Los Angeles County are being called on to suspend outdoor watering for 15 DAYS as a critical imported water pipeline is shut down for emergency repairs. The Metropolitan Water District is joined by its member agencies and local retail water agencies in making this urgent water-saving call to maintain and stretch Southern California’s severely limited water supplies while Metropolitan repairs this critical pipeline.

Metropolitan’s member agencies under the water-saving request include the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando and Torrance, as well as Central Basin Municipal Water District, Foothill Municipal Water District, Three Valleys Municipal Water District and West Basin Municipal Water District.

For a full alphabetical list of cities and communities affected, click here.

Below are helpful tips prior to the shut down –


  • Eliminate all outdoor watering Remember, two weeks of no watering will not kill
  • your lawn. Though you will see a noticeable yellowing, it will improve once your previous watering schedule resumes
  • Do not mow your lawn. Minimize the use = playing,  parking vehicles


  • Put a bucket in your shower to collect water as the shower warms up. Use this water to hand water houseplants and sensitive outdoor plants as well as areas of the lawn that may show excessive stress (the hot spots)
  • Take short showers (5-minute max)
  • Do not leave water running when washing dishes. Fill a small bin or bucket with water to wash your dishes in. When you’re done, use that water for trees or lawns
  • Run only full loads in washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Do not leave water running when brushing your teeth or shaving