by Timothy Rutt
Altadena customers of Las Flores Water Company are being asked cut back on water use from Feb. 18 through March 1. Altadena residents who are supplied by the City of Pasadena are being asked to restrict water use from Feb. 21 through Feb. 28.
The Foothill Municipal Water District, which supplies Las Flores, is beginning upgrades that are scheduled to end March 1. The Metropolitan Water District, which supplies Pasadena and FMWD, will refurbish an older pipeline during ithe February dates.
Customers of Rubio Canyon Land and Water Assn. and Lincoln Avenue Water, which are also supplied by FMWD, are not on such restrictions, as their water companies say they will have adequate supply through the repair period.
The City of Pasadena has already declared a Level 4 water shortage during the duration, which bans outdoor watering and requires other water use restrictions throughout the city.
Businesses are being asked to do their part to ensure adequate wage levels. Such water conservation steps include no outdoor watering, hand-washing vehicles, filling swimming pools or spas, or hosing down driveways and sidewalks.
Gardeners are being asked to delay new landscaping -- which typically requires continual watering to establish plants, shrubs, and trees -- until after the shut down. If the weather warms prior to the shutdown, residents may want to deep-root water plants to keep them healthy. Deep-root watering should be done before the shutdown begins Feb. 21.
Residents can visit www. mwdh2o.com and www.bewaterwise.com for the latest information on the planned shutdown,as well as wearer-saving tips. During the shutdown, regular updates on upgrade work will be posted.