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May 22, 2014
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Historic Shutdown of Two Treatment Plants a Success

Installed nozzle gate at Jensen Treatment Plant.

It was the first time Metropolitan had two plants off-line at the same time. In both cases, the shutdowns were out of the norm and required a strong and synchronized water conservation outreach effort conducted with the help of the affected member agencies.

The Jensen plant was taken out of service to allow for physical modifications to the local distribution system so supplies from the Colorado River can be delivered to areas covered by the Calleguas and Las Virgenes municipal water districts.

The modifications were necessary because the drought has severely reduced water from Northern California via the State Water Project, which usually supplies the area.

An emergency repair to a state-operated pipeline in Riverside County caused the Mills plant shutdown. The repair of a leaking valve in the Santa Ana Valley Pipeline, which delivers Northern California water to Mills, initiated an urgent call for water conservation in designated areas served by the Eastern and Western municipal water districts.

Both shutdowns lasted only a few days and were completed ahead of schedule, bringing water delivery back online. Metropolitan and the member agencies involved thanked the public for their conservation efforts, which were instrumental in maintaining adequate supplies during the shutdowns.

Click here for Jensen press release.

Click here for Mills press release.


Jensen Treatment Plant.


Repairs during shutdown.


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