PALMDALE –Mud slide damage to a section of the California Aqueduct led Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency to notify its customers Wednesday of a projected three to four- week reduction in supplemental water deliveries while repairs are made.
AVEK General Manager Dan Flory said removal of the more than 17-foot high mud and debris flow into the aqueduct revealed damage to the aqueduct’s concrete liner. He said the damaged section just west of 70th Street West is expected to be cleared by Saturday, permitting more detailed damage assessments from California Department of Water Resources engineers.
Flory said the aqueduct closure upstream of AVEK’s water treatment plant means the Agency is left with a tentatively estimated supply of about four to five days of water available to operate the treatment plant.
“We started notifying customers to go with their primary supplies,” Flory said, adding, “fortunately demands are low right now, but it will be a stretch for some customers.”
Flory pointed out that this will affect customers who use water from the Quartz Hill Water Treatment Plant. He said the agency is taking all appropriate measures to lessen the impact to its customers.
AVEK will provide customers with updates as the recovery efforts go forward.
For more information, visit http://www.avek.org/.
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency.]