No water? Routine repairs at aqueduct

No water flowing from the Owens Valley down the LA Aqueduct? Hopes and dreams for many people in the Eastern Sierra, and it’s happening right now – but it’s been in the works for weeks.

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“There is not a major crack or a break in the aqueduct,” said Chris Plakos, local spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “It’s routine maintenance. It’s been planned for months.”

Social networking sites have had posts about a major crack or break in the aqueduct and many DWP employees working near the Alabama Gates.

Plakos said the planned improvement project has been going smoothly but understands the public’s interest.

“Yes, there’s no water flowing down the aqueduct, and there’s a lot of water going under (US Highway) 395 and into the (Owens) River.”

Plakos said the routine maintence involves peeling off and then repairing parts of the walls of the aqueduct. Three different sections are being repaired, about one-half mile down from the Alabama Gates and 500 yards north of Whitney Portal.

He said of a 29-mile section of the aqueduct, there’s about 250 yards of aqueduct being repaired.

Plakos noted that with the low snowfall last season and “one of the lowest exports ever in the aqueduct” this year, it was a natural time to make the repairs.

But it’s not like LADWP customers are not getting their water.

“We added water to the reservoirs in southern California before we de-watered,” Plakos said.

The repairs should be finished in a few days.

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8 Responses to No water? Routine repairs at aqueduct

  1. Big Rick OBrien July 28, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    I was just a boy back then…besides, 50’s are the new 30’s, right?

    • Today's Ubermensch July 29, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Well put, Big Rick.
      And in those precarious times where The Great Depression was world-wide, funny things began to happen. People believing they were the Ubermensch became ultra nationalistic, and began stereotyping and bullying others in their midst believing it was the Jews, gay people, and other “outsiders” for the downfall of their economy – while the richest of the Ubermensch, with their superior buying power got even richer in the process.
      Sound familiar?

      “When fascism comes to America – it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”
      – Sinclair Lewis, 1934

  2. Trouble July 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Your showing your age Big Rick.

  3. Big Rick OBrien July 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I remember when they drained the aqueduct back in 1978 looking for a murder weapon….and they FOUND it.

  4. Dingo July 25, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I’m gonna skate the aqueduct!

    • J-Frog July 26, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      That’s what I’m talking about! Man that would be a hit on YouTube!

  5. Trouble July 24, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    So the thievery will continue upon further notice.

  6. Philip Anaya July 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Wouldn’t you know when the young folks with their Eastern Sierra Watershed Project being presented Sat. July 27 pm 7pm at the Eastern Sierra Museum, that father time would dictate maintenance and a unscheduled seasonal flow for the Lower Owens River. Father time taking care of Mother nature. They must be family


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