The District will be putting a small amount of water in the canals this week to prepare them for next week’s startup process.
The canals need to be brought up to operating depths slowly so as not to cause canal failure. The canal prisms are extremely dry and experiencing cracking which will hamper how the canals operate under full load conditions until they are saturated and the cracks close up.
Flows will be minor compared to how the District usually primes the system. The goal is to not waste water during this important startup operation.