Where did we get this news? Some of it from a website called Pasadena Now, which happens to be located in one of the towns that the SGVMWD actually told about the 10 day water shutdown.
Check this out (link):
Why Pasadena is planning to ban outdoor watering for a period in February - Pasadena Water & Power wants to ban outdoor watering for 14 days starting Feb. 25 in an attempt to ration its supply for a 10-day shortage.
The Metropolitan Water District will not provide water to Pasadena from Feb. 29 to March 9 — essentially eliminating 60 percent of the city’s water supply — while the utility switches the city to a new ozone treatment system at Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in La Verne.
“During this 10-day period, Pasadena will rely solely on water we store in reservoirs and water that we can produce locally through our groundwater wells,” said Gary Takara, water engineering manager with Pasadena Water & Power. “Metropolitan requires that their pipelines remain dry.”
The city will receive no imported water during that 10-day period and it’s day-to-day supply is not sufficient to meet the city’s demands without restrictions, officials said. In March 2015, residents used 23 million gallons a day, Takara said. This year, they’ll only have 18 million gallons a day available.
So much for Pasadena. Where was our guy Tom Love at Sierra Madre's City Council meeting with this news?
Sierra Madre probably uses 2 million gallons a day, and if the city can't pump any water during those 10 days then the city will have to store it in advance to prepare. Someone should check to see if Sierra Madre has the ability to store 20 million gallons of water in anticipation of this event.
How much water is currently in Sierra Madre's wells? Quite possibly not enough. I do know the wells are being brought back on line as part if a strategy to hopefully lessen water discoloration, but how much will they actually produce? Can they offset so massive a supply reduction?
The last I heard is that the Water Department was going to start spreading SGVMWD water over behind Heasley Field so it can "percolate" down into the water wells here. A process that comes at a cost of nearly three times what we paid for water previously, and might be kind of slow.
The bet here is that Sierra Madre has storage for not too much more than 6 million gallons. As of 2010 Sierra Madre had a water storage capacity of 6.7 million gallons, or only a little more than a three day supply. The City had better figure out where they are going to get the water, and the City Council needs to consider passing an emergency ordinance to prevent all outdoor water use during those 10 days.
All of Pasadena’s outside water comes from that upper feeder pipeline. What if Pasadena ends up needing water, sucks Arcadia dry and then there is nothing left in the cup for little Sierra Madre?
So the question here is since Sierra Madre can only store 6.7 million gallons, and it will presumably need 19 million gallons during the upper feeder pipeline shut off, then where is the water department going to find the 12 million extra gallons it will need during the 10 day shut off?
Inquiring minds would like to know. Arcadia is already over-pumping, so what if they don’t have it to give?
Maybe Tom Love was so busy carrying water for developers that he forgot to do his actual main job. Tom is Sierra Madre’s elected official water board representative. He needs to provide the city with some answers.