The San Diego County Water Authority resumed delivery of treated water to its member agencies in San Diego County. Deliveries had been stopped since February 5, so the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California could complete expansion construction work on the Skinner Water Treatment Plant in Temecula. During the shutdown, which was three years in planning, the Water Authority conducted inspections and repairs on sections of its treated water pipelines.
The member agencies began receiving treated water on the First Aqueduct at approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Deliveries began on the Second Aqueduct at approximately 8:15 p.m. Continued outdoor water conservation through Sunday in North County is still recommended to give water agencies time to refill storage facilities.
The resumption of deliveries came almost four days earlier than originally planned, due to the extraordinary efforts of operations staff and contractors at both Metropolitan and the Water Authority to complete work projects ahead of schedule.
The Skinner Plant provides approximately one half of the treated water used in San Diego County. It also provides treated water to southern Riverside County. The expansion work currently underway will increase the plants capacity from 525 million gallons per day to 635 mgd. This will significantly increase the treated water available to San Diego and southern Riverside County when the expansion goes online in 2007.
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