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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Tijuana's water to be shut off for more than 12 hours on Wednesday, Nov. 7

Repairs are being made at El Carrizo dam sluicegates for first time since they were built in 1970s

      presa carrillo smallWater service in Tijuana in Rosarito will be shut off for more than 12 hours on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to allow maintenance work on sluicegates at El Carrizo dam, officials said Tuesday. The shutoff is to begin at 6 a.m. and water may start flowing in the pipes again after 6 p.m.

     Water service may be restored to Rosarito until the next day, officials said.  

     Frontera said it will be the first work on the sluicegates since the dam was built in 1976-1978.

      carrizo dam pumping stationThe Carrizo reservoir is the terminus for the Colorado River-Tijuana Aqueduct, although when possible, Carrizo water is diverted to the Rodriguez reservoir in eastern Tijuana. Story, Frontera (PDF).

The Carrizo reservoir is split between Tijuana and Tecate under a boundary agreement signed last year.

UC Davis master's thesis "Water Supply and Prospects in Baja California" by Jeffrey Peter Malinowski (PDF)


Update, Nov. 8: Water shutoff was not as bad as many thought it would be, and many customers in the region never lost water service.

Update, Nov. 11: San Antonio de los Buenos neighborhood does not get water service back until Sunday, Nov. 10.