Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Where's The Love? The SGVMWD Will Be Shutting Off Water To Sierra Madre For 10 Days

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The SGVMWD is shutting off water to many localities (including presumably Sierra Madre) this winter for an equipment changeover. This shutdown is scheduled from February 29, 2016 through “approximately” March 9. The upper feeder pipeline is being turned off, and that just happens to be the line that feeds water to Sierra Madre. The unexpected news that has reached The Tattler is the City of Sierra Madre wasn't told about this. Since this town is not an actual member of the SGVMWD, it was apparently overlooked when this rather important information was passed around.

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):


There is more. The Pasadena Star News is reporting this today (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.

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44 comments:

  1. Isn't Tom Love the guy who said there isn't a water shortage, and further development in Sierra Madre is no problem?

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    1. Yes, Tom Love was the guy who spoke first at the critical meeting when the City Council was deciding whether or not to enact a building moratorium due to the water shortage. He tried to derail that process by claiming there was no water shortage. He later apologized for that but clearly some developers told him to do that and he dutifully carried the pail for them. A lot was at stake at that vote. Tom knew it and the developers knew it and yet our water "expert" basically stood up before the City Council and tried to paint a rosy picture about our water crisis. It wasn't until Rochelle Arizmendi asked some tough questions that revealed that his whole "presentation" was a fraud. That's Tom Love.

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    2. Now that we need the truth from Tom Love, he's nowhere to be found. Thanks Tom for letting us know about this. You're on the water board aren't you? You're supposed to be representing us, right?

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    3. Every year, the Tattler should replay the video of Tom Love's presentation to the City Council at that critical meeting when the council chambers were packed with residents supporting a building moratorium in light of the worst drought in the history of California. I will never forget that meeting. Many people were poised to go to that podium to try to convince the City Council that they had to take action and enact the building moratorium and then Tom Love, elbows his way to the podium first to try to take the wind out of all of our sails. I remember how he first gave everyone his credentials to mark himself as an expert and then went on to say how Sierra Madre had plenty of water. There can be no question that local developers put him up to that and he willingly did what he was told. It was all a lie and he knew it. He will remain one of the more despicable characters in town. That video should be played every year so that he can be seen for what he is..

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    4. What is Love's motivation this time? Or does he just not care.

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    5. He only cares about Tom Love.

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    6. I remember that meeting. If Love would have sat down after his initial presentation, than the building moratorium would not have been enacted. It was only when he took questions that he was exposed as a charlatan. It was indeed Councilwoman Arizmendi who exposed that the emperor had no clothes. That was her finest hour.

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    7. Where is INMAN in all this? We pay this guy a small fortune and he has no contacts that would alert him to this issue?
      When was the last time Sierra Madre had an event as significant to Public Works and Sierra Madre citizens as 10 days with no water replenishment? And Inman is clueless as usual !Why? Because he and Cimino just do not care - they are time-servers who get paid regardless of their incompetence.
      Wake up CC - fix this problem?

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    8. I think they have become used to disasters.

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    9. We got no problem with wa wa

      Tom Love

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    10. Tom is all about Love

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  2. Thank God for the Tattler. Where else would we get this information?
    Is our water dept even aware and prepared for this?

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    1. The Water Department is probably rejoicing that the infrastructure pipes won't leak for 10 days. It will make our state numbers look better.
      Give those overworked parks department guys some time off from repairing leaks!

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    2. Maybe they could spin it as a conservation penalty. You know, make it sound like it is the residents' fault.

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  3. ...No love from Love. We probably got "lumped in" w/ Pasadena and we were all supposed to just know this was going to happen.

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    1. Isn't Love an elected official?

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    2. Tom Love should be recalled. The last people he is looking out for is us poor water users in Sierra Madre.

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    3. Somebody needs to run against him next time. He always runs unopposed. He has gotten far too used to the office.

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    4. Let's go Loveless.

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  4. Seriously, is this temp water shutoff a trainwreck about to happen in slow motion? I can only imagine if we're half-way through the water cutoff period and our taps run dry... can only imagine how we'll all react. And knowing we know ahead of time and didn't plan appropriately... wow. I don't even know what to say. This isn't rocket science, just water conservation.

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  5. Let them drink Pepsi.

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    1. and shower with Pepsi?

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    2. Sounds like a sticky situation.

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    3. Try living in places like the Mediterranean where during the summer the city water is only turned on three days a week. You learn to save and preserve really fast. A bathtub can come in handy for household water use, and your earthquake supply can be a good source of drinking water.

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  6. ...and then there is John S. Leung, former business partner with Bart Doyle in the El Monte Transit Village scandal (they sued El Monte for some $15 million--don't know how that turned out but the Transit Village plan went bye bye) who served on the board of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. Friends and fellow property owners in North Yuba (county) Water District are fighting a Prop 218 illegal rate increase and discovering how corrupt this water board it. How did these small fish in the big pond get so adicted to the power of being on a Water Board?

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  7. California lawmakers approved a bill taking aim at corruption in the water sector.

    "The legislation, which now goes to the governor, would bar elected water board members throughout California from accepting campaign contributions of more than $250 from donors with business pending before their boards," the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The bill also prevents board members from voting if they took in such a donation the year before. The effort is aimed at "reining in political corruption occurring in near-invisible water boards like the Central Basin Municipal Water District," the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

    The legislation, Assembly Bill 1728, amends the state's Political Reform Act to include local government agencies "formed pursuant to provisions of the Water Code. The bill would revise the definition of 'license, permit, or other entitlement for use with respect to proceedings before a local government agency formed pursuant to the Water Code to apply to all contracts that are not competitively bid," the legislation said.

    http://www.wateronline.com/doc/california-lawmakers-take-aim-at-water-board-corruption-0001

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    1. Damn. This used to be a pretty cushy gig.

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    2. Somebody just punched a hole in your waterbed.

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  8. AlL city employees pensions and health benefits need to go. all available city hall monies must be spent on improving Sierra madre water infructture and water production! Question for mayor sherriff John, we need an accurate accounting and must know how much cash is in the water and sewer fund? Awaiting an answer beside I don't know!!!!! Putting water income monies in the general fund and using those watr monies for pensions and health benefits is not an acceptable answer!!!

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  9. 8.56 I will drink to that post in its entirety!

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  10. To that I'll blow the horn, on Fridays only for now!

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  11. its the MWD that is shutting off the Upper Feeder pipeline. Neither Sierra Madre nor its water agency (SGVMWD - San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District) belong to the MWD so thats probably why we got no notice. Nevertheless, Sierra Madre, SGVMWD and the MWD have a three way agreement to supply Sierra Madre's water so Sierra Madre should have been notified. Tom Love is supposed to be representing Sierra Madre on the SGVMWD but apparently thinks of himself as a "regional" representative. Tom Love was asleep at the switch and if we weren't turning on our pumps today we would be screwed.

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    1. So it was a bureaucratic snafu but we're still getting screwed out of our water? Not sure that makes things any better.

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    2. Yea just wait till they start pouring the crappy water into the settling basins and it doesn't show up in the wells we start pumping again. Then what? Hire the PhD consultants to tell us what happened? You think two weeks is a long time w/o water, does the City ask itself, what is the worst that can happen??

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  12. Once you get used to using Magical Thinking (like their pensions will actually be paid instead of being discharged in the bankruptcy they cause) then you use Magical Thinking for every future problem like there will always magically be water to drink despite encouraging overpopulation of the State and bringing in 2.5 million illegal Mexicans (and their 8 million anchor progeny to drink us dry.

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  13. fact is if those 12 million gallons do not come out of the wells then we are screwed. They better start pumping MWD water directly down the well heads and filling the aquifer that way

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    1. In retrospect, I think Elaine and Inman had that in mind when they debuted their new scheme to load the spreading ponds with MWD water pump from our wells. What weasely pieces of dog excrement! Couldn't they just say what they knew and what their fix would be? I'm not so good at add and takeaway but my estimate is upwards of $20 million spent in the last five or six years what with the numerous filtration systems, the meters to beat all meters, the new meters that would replace the somewhat disappointing meters, the additional personnal to read the meters when it turned out the smart meters weren't as smart as expected, the sadly debilitated water mains, and on and on.

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  14. What did the sink say to the water faucet?
    You're a real drip.

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    1. You need to drop that kind of talk.

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    2. Thank you Joe Mosca. "Why yes, that MWD main will only be used for emergencies."

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    3. I think we are in a state of permanent emergency now.

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  15. Inman and Aguilar are leading us blindly into a 3rd World situation - we'll be taking buckets to Arcadia to recover our water after the first few days of the water shut-off. Of course that won't impact our City Management because they don't live here.
    What has Tom Love got to say about this? He was fast enough to claim there was no water problem a few months ago. What say you now Mr.Love? ,,, crickets ......

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    1. If you ever read the bio info for Dr. Baribeau you can see that toxic 3rd world water problems are where she first made her name. She worked with Doctors Without Borders and tried to clean up bad water problems in really awful places. Funny that she should have shown up here.

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  16. It's called RAPE, not even kissed - this is what the people in the know inside Sierra Madre city hall. This entire city council, city manager and others need to be replace for gross negligence towards the citizen's of Sierra Madre, California concerning public safety costs and water supplies availability. Torches and pitch forks will available at the next city council meeting.

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