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EMERGENCY AQUEDUCT SHUTDOWN

Vallecitos is asking customers to curtail outdoor irrigation to the MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE from September 9 - 18, 2019, to minimize the impact's to our water supply as a result of a shutdown of a San Diego County Water Authority drinking water pipeline that serves Vallecitos.  As of September 13, 2019, the District's reservoir levels are good, but we are still requesting voluntary outdoor conservation until the end of the shutdown on September 18, 2019.  Click here for more details. 

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Emergency Aqueduct Shutdown

Post Date:09/03/2019 1:37 PM

Emergency Aqueduct Shutdown

UPDATE ON 09/13/19:  Vallecitos is still asking customers to curtail outdoor irrigation to the MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE from September 9 - 18, 2019, to minimize the impact's to our water supply as a result of a shutdown of a San Diego County Water Authority drinking water pipeline that serves Vallecitos.  As of September 13, 2019, the District's reservoir levels are good, but we are still requesting voluntary outdoor conservation until the end of the shutdown on September 18, 2019. Thank you for your efforts to conserve!

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FULL STORY POSTED 09/03/19:

The Vallecitos Water District has been advised by its wholesale supplier, the San Diego County Water Authority, of an impending emergency shutdown to one of the treated water aqueducts that delivers water to the District.  The Water Authority is preparing to shut down this aqueduct line on September 9, 2019 to make repairs, as a leak was recently discovered on the aqueduct pipe. As a result of the shutdown, the water supplied to the District may be limited.  To minimize the impact to our water supply, Vallecitos is asking customers to deep soak their groves and landscaping on or before September 8, 2019 and curtail outdoor irrigation as much as possible beginning September 9, 2019, through the duration of the shutdown. 

The shutdown is scheduled to begin Monday, September 9, 2019, and run for approximately 10 days, however, these dates may be adjusted depending on the severity of the pipeline leak or dangerous weather conditions, such as Santa Ana winds or Red Flag Warnings.  Any updates to this schedule will be provided on Vallecitos' website. 

What can I do to minimize the impact? 

Vallecitos staff are developing strategies to mitigate the impacts of this shutdown, but are requesting assistance from customers during the shutdown. You can help in the following ways:

  • Don’t plan any big water uses (filling pools or ponds, planting sod, etc.) during the shutdown. 
  • Deep water landscape plants and groves prior to the shutdown.
  • Shut off your irrigation timer during the shutdown. Watch plant material for signs of stress and then water only as absolutely needed during the duration of the shutdown. 
  • If available, fill water storage containers (such as rain barrels, water tanks or trash cans) prior to September 9, 2019 to have irrigation water available for use during the shutdown.   

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Click here to learn more about the repair project. 

Press release

San Diego Union Tribune article