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Emergency repair shuts down Southern California water treatment plant

May 15, 2014
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A Californian water treatment facility that had to be shut down while repairs to a pipeline were carried out has now resumed operations, the water utility announced Sunday.

The Henry J. Mills treatment plant in Riverside, operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, was closed down on May 9 because the water utility needed to replace a leaking valve on its 28-mile Santa Ana Valley Pipeline. The plant was shut down a day after the leak was first detected in the pipeline in the Lytle Creek area in Colton.

Water supplies to about 350,000 of the utility's customers were affected during the downtime and the Metropolitan Water District called for customers to conserve water as much as possible during the repair works. The utility asked residents and businesses to stop outdoor watering and to restrict indoor water use as much as possible. Local households and businesses have fully cooperated and without their assistance it would have been very hard to sustain water supplies, said Debra C. Man, Metropolitan assistant general manager and chief operating officer.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California delivers water to about 19 million people in six counties. Its main water sources are the Colorado River and a number of local wells, but it also imports water from Northern California to meet the demand for fresh water.

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