SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The city of Santa Maria is asking people to conserve water over the next two days.
The voluntary request is from June 21 through June 22, while the city completes a major water main project on McCoy Lane, just west of Skyway Drive.
During these two days, the amount of available water will be reduced significantly because the city's main water production facility will be shut off to the public.
In preparation, the city has been filling their water storage tanks. They have about 18 million gallons of water in those reserves now to be used by people living in Santa Maria over these two days.
A week ago, crews started digging up about 10 feet of dirt to work on a 42-inch-diameter concrete-lined steel pipe. Wednesday and Thursday, they'll be adding a valve to the pipe to allow the city to do further work at the city's blending station at a later date.
Jim Ellis is answering the call and doing his part in the name of water conservation.
We made the adjustment, we turned off our landscaping water for tomorrow," Santa Maria resident Jim Ellis said.
The city of Santa Maria is asking people to voluntarily conserve water for Wednesday and Thursday, while they complete a major water main project on McCoy Lane, just west of Skyway Drive.
"We want to do our part to help out," Ellis said.
Ellis and other Santa Marians can help out by not watering their lawns for these two days.
"We all know how important water can be, just coming off of a drought," Ellis said.
In preparation, the city filled their water storage reserve tanks with about 18 million gallons of water, to be used by people living in Santa Maria over these two days.
"We're actually drilling into it to access into the pipe to plug it so they don't have to shut the whole system down," technician Tom Harrison said.
Technician, Tom Harrison, says the city goes through about 17 million gallons of water a day - which is close to the 18 million gallons of water the city has in its reserve for these two days - but Harrison says the project is really only supposed to take half a day and that even if the city went through their reserve water, there's nothing to worry about because the city always has two backup plans.
"They have a loop system that back feeds everything.. the other one is another backup system that's tied into that one also, just in case for really a backup," Harrison said.
The project will allow the city to do further work at the city's blending station at a later date. The blending station is where chlorine and small amounts of ammonia are added to the water to disinfect it.
"Lawn's not going dead, but I still feel like we're helping and I think everybody should still be mindful that we're not totally out of the woods yet just because we had a wet year this year," Ellis said.
There are cones and signs up there but traffic is allowed to go through.
People living in the city are asked to voluntarily conserve water and wait to water your lawns until this period is over.
The city's Recreation and Parks Department is also reducing their water usage.
The city will not be delivering water to the Nipomo Community Services District during this time.