|They're really big.|
But according to a notice recently sent around to the homes of those residents most affected by it, something rather large is now about to go down on the water front. Here's what is revealed in a December 12 notice from The City of Sierra Madre's Public Works Department, signed by Bruce Inman himself.
We are writing to advise you of a major construction project that will take place in your neighborhood early in 2013. Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will be constructing a connection between its 9-1/2 foot diameter Upper Feeder Pipeline and Sierra Madre's water system. The project will be located on East Grand View Avenue adjacent to 629-639 East Grand View. The project will be of major benefit to Sierra Madre and its water customers; the system interconnection will provide a source of water to serve Sierra Madre in the event of unforeseen emergencies.
You my recall that not very long ago it was Bruce Inman who, in his role as the Director of Public Works, rather famously declared that we are a year from running out of water. Something that, despite its potential for a signifiant impact upon the lives of the 11,000 or souls living here, elicited almost no comment from either the City Council or the public. With nothing much further being heard about the matter until the arrival of this notice, which was apparently sent to a limited number of directly affected homes.
|From the Colorado River to Sierra Madre?|
And while it has been known to many that some of the water diverted from the mighty Colorado River for Southeastern California use has been roaring through a very large pipeline located beneath Grand View Avenue, none of it has ever been available to us before. With our needs instead coming from the same water byways used during the Huck Finn Fishing Derby.
The reason for Mr. Inman's notice to these select few directly affected residences seems obvious. This is going to be a very large undertaking. The earth will shake and the Avenue will close. Here is the description provided in the notice:
MWD personnel will begin project preparations within the spreading basins adjacent to the project February 4. Actual constriction is slated to begin February 14th. During the period of February 21st through February 28th, the MWD pipeline will have to be emptied and water service through the pipeline to areas west of Sierra Madre will be discontinued. In order to minimize the length of the service interruption, MWD will be working 24 hours a day seven days a week during that 2/21 - 2/28 period. MWD staff will do everything they can to minimize the impacts of that continuous work, but some inconvenience will be unavoidable. The MWD work will NOT affect your home's water service. Homes within the work area along Grand View will have access at all times.
The project is expected to continue until April 8. With the exception of the 14/7 period between 2/21 and 2/28, work hours will be 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
And that, my friends and acquaintances, is just about all Bruce wrote. Which is to be expected since that is what his purview really demands he talk about. The rest of the information needs to come from someplace else.
But since there is no other information available, and none of the expected sources are showing signs of sharing anything soon, it falls upon The Tattler to once again improvise from our active imaginations and share some needed speculation. Mostly in the forms of questions.
When exactly was all of this worked out with the Metropolitan Water District? Certainly meetings had to have been held, but what were the results of these meetings? Bruce Inman does note later on in his message that this hook-up is being done at no expense to the people of Sierra Madre. Which in itself is newsworthy since, as we all know, Water Wise Owl has never been much noted for his generosity. Just that he is constructed out of a few cardboard boxes. So why such generosity now? Is it really just pity for our water plight?
Or could it be something else? Donning our well-worn conspiracy cap (which we really do look good in, btw) we ask: did the ALF play a role in our being linked up to the largest water supply system in the Western United States? Is it because our current water supplies are in no way adequate to meet the demands new development might bring? Are we about to drink from the heady springs of an SB 375 mandated water bonanza? All so that Sierra Madre can build the dreaded downtown development that will bring us in line with the Transit Village dystopia called for in both state and now Federally mandated - and funded - development protocols?
And finally, what exactly would constitute an emergency in regards to turning on the MWD's Colorado River spigot? I suspect if you drop in 300 or so new units of tightly packed so-called transit village housing as called for in the Green Committee's Accords, those "unforeseen emergencies" could easily turn into business as usual.
I hope someone in an official capacity will be sharing their information with us soon. There are at least some people here who might be interested. Water is always big news in our town.