Water, Water Everywhere, but not a Drop to Drink

If you have been driving on the 57, the 55, and other Orange County Freeways you may have seen the message “Water Emergency, Conserve Water.” People driving on the freeways have been dumbfounded and slowing down to read the warnings, leading to some fun defensive driving on the 55.

Yup, due to a construction project and a shutdown of a treatment plant for maintenance, the County is dangerously low on water supply leading into this weekend. The OC finally gets to tell people we don’t serve water, we serve beer (a bit of a Drinking Liberally joke).

The plant undergoing routine maintenance is in Yorba Linda and provides 50% of the water supply to Orange County, but supplies 95% of South Orange County’s water. With the way the reserves are holding up, South OC maybe out of water by the end of the weekend. Yorba Linda has already used up most of it’s supplies with Brea and San Clemente running dangerously low.

3 Comments so far

  1. Gina (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    I don’t consider myself someone who lives under a rock, and these warnings are the first I have heard of the shutdown.

  2. Michael Doss (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    Indeed…maybe if it really was a big deal, they’d have told everyone weeks or months ago. I’m not usually the tin foil type, but I like to think water rationing like this is just preparing us for rising water prices and more rationing in the near future.

  3. Native (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 10:11 am

    Sounds like early 90s.

    Do not wash your car, or water your lawn!

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