February 1, 2008By The Editor
Major regional water pipeline is being upgraded

CITY OF CHINO HILLS - Press Release - Chino Hills, CA - January 22, 2008

Residents & businesses asked to reduce water use during temporary pipeline shut down February 4th - 10th

Residents and businesses in the City of Chino Hills are being called upon to make plans to reduce outdoor watering and non-essential indoor water use while a major regional water pipeline is upgraded during a seven-day shutdown beginning Monday, February 4th. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is preparing for the planned shutdown of its Rialto Feeder, which is scheduled to run through Sunday, February 10th. The closure also affects the cities of Chino, Ontario, Upland, Montclair, Fontana, and Rancho Cucamonga.

"With the rain we have been experiencing, lawns and landscaping should have no problem lasting the week without water," said Sean O'Connor, Parks and Landscape Manager for the City of Chino Hills. O'Connor said the City will stop watering medians, slopes, and parks during the pipeline shutdown.

Mike Maestas, the City's Water and Sewer Manager, said that MWD routinely schedules shutdowns of its facilities in winter months, when temperatures usually are cooler and demands are lower. As part of the shutdown, Metropolitan plans to install two sectionalizing valves, construct an isolation structure, modify service connections, and inspect a portion of the pipeline.

Before work on the pipeline begins, residents and businesses are asked to plan to do their part to ensure reservoirs and local supplies won't be drained. Steps include reducing outdoor watering of landscapes and lawns, hand-washing vehicles and refrain from filling of swimming pools or spas during Feb. 4th through the 10th.

Customers should also conserve water indoors by running only full loads of clothes washers and dishwashers, not leaving the water running when washing dishes, keeping showers to a maximum of 10 minutes, and turning off the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Additional water-saving tips can be found at "www.bewaterwise.com."

Contact:

Valerie McClung (909) 364-2618 or Denise Cattern (909) 364-2615

The Editor - ChinoHills.com

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