They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in El Segundo, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in El Segundo, CA. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in El Segundo, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in El Segundo, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in El Segundo,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
Mattel, Inc. (MAT), a children’s entertainment company, designs & produces toys & consumer products worldwide The company operates through North America, International & American Girl segments. It is based in El Segundo, CA, comes under Consumer Cyclical sector & trades as “MAT” ticket at Nasdaq.MAT made a low of $6.53 during March-2020 sell off in the market. Later it showing impulse sequence as I red ended at $26.99 high on 5/04/2022. While below there, it favors correcting lower in II correction be...
Mattel, Inc. (MAT), a children’s entertainment company, designs & produces toys & consumer products worldwide The company operates through North America, International & American Girl segments. It is based in El Segundo, CA, comes under Consumer Cyclical sector & trades as “MAT” ticket at Nasdaq.
MAT made a low of $6.53 during March-2020 sell off in the market. Later it showing impulse sequence as I red ended at $26.99 high on 5/04/2022. While below there, it favors correcting lower in II correction before turning higher again.
After March-2020 low, it placed ((1)) at $9.44 high & ((2)) at $7.54 low. ((2)) was a flat correction retraced 0.618 Fibonacci retracement against ((1)). While above there, it unfolded in third wave extension. It ended ((3)) at $23.31 high on 4/23/2021 low. Below there, it favored ended ((4)) at $17.95 low on 10/04/2021. ((4)) was ended slightly above 0.382 Fibonacci retracement of previous sequence. Finally, it ended ((5)) at $26.99 high on 5/04/2022 as wave I red. While below there, it favors correcting lower in II in proposed zigzag correction.
Below wave I high, it placed ((A)) at $21.07 low on 5/24/2022 & ((B)) at $24.20 high as triangle on 9/12/2022. While below there, it favors lower in ((C)) leg to finish II correction. Currently, it favors lower in (1) of ((C)) & expect short term weakness before a bounce in (2) followed by further downside in (3). It expect ((C)) to extend towards $18.23 – $14.54 area to finish II correction before upside resumes. It expect to resume upside either in III or at least a larger 3 swings reaction higher hitting the extreme areas.
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With reams of championship banners hanging above him, a couple of surefire Hall of Fame teammates present in the gym with him and a team roster that will cost the Los Angeles Lakers a hair under $175 million, Anthony Davis' statement about the upcoming season sounded almost unthinkable."We're treating th...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With reams of championship banners hanging above him, a couple of surefire Hall of Fame teammates present in the gym with him and a team roster that will cost the Los Angeles Lakers a hair under $175 million, Anthony Davis' statement about the upcoming season sounded almost unthinkable.
"We're treating this season like we have a chip on our shoulder. We're the underdogs," Davis told ESPN during the team's annual media day on Monday. "Obviously, the world is looking to see what we do. But ... they're not talking about us, and that's fine. You know, we'd rather be under the radar."
The Lakers? Underdogs? With this team? It's a bit of a stretch. However, Davis' declaration only served to underscore just how disastrous last season was for L.A. when, after coming in as the betting odds' favorite to win the championship, the Lakers didn't even qualify for the play-in tournament.
Davis missed 42 games with ankle and knee injuries. LeBron James sat out 26 games. Russell Westbrook struggled to fit in during his first season with the team. L.A. whiffed on several veteran free-agency signings. The Lakers ranked 21st in team defense and 22nd in team 3-point shooting. Coach Frank Vogel was fired, less than two years after guiding the franchise to its first title in a decade in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Davis vowed to get the Lakers back on track by approaching this season like he did when he was first traded to L.A. in 2019-20 and said he felt like he had something to prove after not experiencing significant team success in New Orleans.
"Be more aggressive," Davis told ESPN. "I started getting in my own head a lot last year. I don't think a lot of people know that ... Just knowing how much better I could have been."
He wasn't the only one who struggled. Westbrook never found a consistent comfort level playing for Vogel, something Westbrook said that he and new coach Darvin Ham have already established.
"Me and Darvin have been in communication since Day 1," Westbrook said. "Just being able to connect with him right away was extremely important to me."
With that connection, Westbrook said he is open to whatever coaching Ham provides, even if that means coming off the bench, something Westbrook has done only 17 times in 1,021 career games and not since his rookie season.
"Whatever unfolds, unfolds," Westbrook said. "I'm just happy and blessed to be able to play the game I love."
Westbrook will have a leg up on the starting point guard competition to begin training camp, however. Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka said that Dennis Schroder, signed to a veterans minimum contract earlier this month, is "working through visa issues" in his home country of Germany and might not be able to report to the team for another week.
Both Ham and James anticipate a turnaround season for the 2017 league MVP.
"He's been awesome," Ham said of Westbrook. "Everything I've asked of him, he's done. ... Anytime we call on him, talk to him, everything has been about being selfless, being team-oriented, having a defensive mindset and holding him to that -- words that came out of his own mouth that, you know, that he's going to be at a very high level defensively along with the rest of our roster."
James said Westbrook can "absolutely" help the Lakers win this season.
"I look forward to being a part of the journey with him this year, and I'm looking forward to a great year for him," said James, who is embarking on his 20th season in the NBA. "And I'm going to be right there with him."
As long as Westbrook is still wearing purple and gold, that is.
Pelinka said Westbrook is a "great part of our team," but the Lakers executive added, "If we have to continue to upgrade our roster throughout the season, we will."
Pelinka explained that if that means parting with the Lakers' 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks in a trade that involves Westbrook, he will be open to it for the right deal.
"Let me be abundantly clear: We have one of the great players in LeBron James to ever play the game, and he committed to us on a long-term contract, a three-year contract," Pelinka said, alluding to the contract extension James signed in August that will keep him in L.A. through the 2024-25 season. "So of course, we will do everything we can, picks included, to make deals to give us a chance to help LeBron get to the end. He committed to our organization. That's got to be a bilateral commitment, and it's there."
Before a decision is made whether shaking up the roster with a trade is needed, Ham wants to see how this group commits on the defensive end.
"We're going to be able to get stops," Ham said. "We should be able to be one of the elite defensive teams. We're going to put the work in. ... We have the personnel for it. And now it's just all about activating and making it come to fruition."
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Darvin Ham gathered his players in the film room before his first official practice as a coach in hopes of establishing an identity for his team -- and for himself."I wasn't going to dare show any Milwaukee Bucks clips," Ham said Tuesday after the Los Angeles Lakers' opening training camp session. ...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Darvin Ham gathered his players in the film room before his first official practice as a coach in hopes of establishing an identity for his team -- and for himself.
Ham plans to be the coach of a Lakers team that strings together stop after stop, his top priority in turning around a group that ranked 21st in defensive rating last season.
"We want to contain, contest and control," Ham said, explaining the defensive vision he presented before practice.
Without any video of the 2022-23 Lakers practicing to illustrate his points -- and his likely smart decision to not use Giannis Antetokounmpo highlights to instruct the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis -- Ham leaned on head video coordinator Dru Anthrop and the analytics department to illuminate last year's ineptitude.
"I just showed the numbers," Ham said.
The approach seemed to resonate.
"Laid down some house rules in the film room," said Kendrick Nunn, one of six returning players from last year's team. "It's definitely a different vibe once you walk in. ... It's a different vibe with the new coaching staff, Coach Ham coming in and implementing things that he wants done. And guys are buying in."
With the Lakers experiencing significant roster turnover and vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka admitting on media day that there still could be subsequent moves to come, the uncertainty could be unsettling for a first-time coach.
Ham, however, believes the fact that his starting lineup is undetermined and the final roster spot is vacant should heighten everyone's play -- whether it's Russell Westbrook and another guard vying for a role with the first unit or camp invitees Matt Ryan and Dwayne Bacon trying to make the team.
"I think it adds a little spice to camp, and LeBron and AD, they are who they are, as well as Russ, those guys are going to go at them," Ham said. "That's only going to make everybody better. It's a controlled competitive environment. It's not anything wild, out of control. They talk their little smack here and there, but for the most part, they are out there trying to see who can execute what we're throwing at them the best and that's the way they engage each other within that competition and we don't cut anybody any slack."
James and Davis are locks to start, of course, but Ham wanted to clarify that Westbrook could "absolutely" be a starter as well.
"He was there front and center today and did well, brought a ton of great energy to the gym," Ham said of Westbrook.
As for the rest of the starters?
"Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], James Worthy, Byron Scott," Ham deadpanned.
He might not be a Laker through and through quite yet, but he has a working knowledge of the team history, at least.
Looking for things to do this weekend in Southern California? Patch has you covered.SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Patch has rounded up fun, interesting and entertaining events throughout Southern California — from the southernmost part of San Diego, through Orange and Riverside counties, to the beaches and valleys in Los Angeles.Some are free. Some have a fee.Whether you opt for an activity close to home or a mini day trip, see what's slated this weekend from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 25.Double...
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Patch has rounded up fun, interesting and entertaining events throughout Southern California — from the southernmost part of San Diego, through Orange and Riverside counties, to the beaches and valleys in Los Angeles.
Some are free. Some have a fee.
Whether you opt for an activity close to home or a mini day trip, see what's slated this weekend from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 25.
Double-check with event organizers to confirm dates, times and locations in case activities were updated since posted on Patch.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
LA Tequila Fest: Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
LA's Haunted Hayride: Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
Oktoberfest: Scottish Rite Event and Cultural Center, Long Beach
Pitfire Pizza NoHo Oktoberfest: Pitfire Pizza North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival: Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles
Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Trio: Playhouse Village Park, Pasadena
Vegtoberfest: Common Space Brewery, Hawthorne
Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival: Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles
ABC Pick of the Patch Pumpkins: Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
Dana Point Trolley Hop: Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Dana Point
Gregg Wright: Titan Theater, California State University, Fullerton
Health and Beauty Expo: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, Huntington Beach
Knott's Scary Farm: Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park
Live Music on the Green: Jonny Zye: Bella Terra, Huntington Beach
Oktoberfest: GameCraft Brewing, Laguna Hills
Oktoberfest: Native Son Bar, Santa Ana
Oktoberfest Dining: Bayside Restaurant, Newport Beach
Radio Royalty: Los Alamitos Street Fair, Los Alamitos
Selena: Breaking Gender Barriers with Dr. Gloria Arjona: Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
War Heroes on Water Charitable Sport Fishing Tournament: Newport Harbor, Newport Beach
ABC Pick of the Patch Pumpkins: ABC Pick of the Patch Pumpkins, Lake Elsinore
Castle Dark: Castle Park, Riverside
Cowboy Jubilee on the Santa Rosa Plateau: Weatherly Ranch, Murrieta
Dia De Los Muertos: Castle Park, Riverside
Indoor Palm Springs Certified Farmers Market: Palm Springs Pavilion, Palm Springs
Karaoke: Texas Lil's Mesquite Grill, Temecula
Lavender Nights: 123 Farm, Beaumont
Stand-Up Comedy with Steven Briggs: The Merc, Temecula
Viking Night: Batch Mead, Temecula
World Rhino Day VIP Event: Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
ArtWalk Carlsbad: Armada Drive, Carlsbad
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch: Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
Brick-or-Treat: LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad
Carlsbad Strawberry Co. Pumpkin Patch: Carlsbad Strawberry Co., Carlsbad
Fall Festival Julian Autumn Jubilee: Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, Santa Ysabel
Garden Explorers: All About Bugs: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, National City
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party: Pechanga Arena, San Diego
Oktoberfest: Quartyard, San Diego
Oktoberfest on the Harbor: Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten, San Diego
ROARing Twenties Gala: Admiral Baker Club House, San Diego
San Diego Spirits Festival: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego
SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular: SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego
The Story of Little Italy Guided Historical Tour Adventure: Cafe Zucchero, Little Italy, San Diego
Totally 80s Band: Ebullition Brew Works, Vista
Walk for Literacy: Chollas Lake Park, San Diego
Wild Horses: Petco Park, San Diego
Reign of Terror Haunted House: Reign of Terror Haunted House, Thousand Oaks
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Days before nearly 4 million residents in Los Angeles County will be asked to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days from Sept. 6 to Sept. 20, and during one of the worst heat waves of the year, officials with the Metropolitan Water District shared details about repairing the leak in a massive water pipeline.Residents of dozens of cities and communities from Burbank to Long Beach, and from Malibu to Pomona, will be impacted by the restrictions during the repairs. The city of Los Angeles is not under the 15-day no-watering order that aff...
Days before nearly 4 million residents in Los Angeles County will be asked to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days from Sept. 6 to Sept. 20, and during one of the worst heat waves of the year, officials with the Metropolitan Water District shared details about repairing the leak in a massive water pipeline.
Residents of dozens of cities and communities from Burbank to Long Beach, and from Malibu to Pomona, will be impacted by the restrictions during the repairs. The city of Los Angeles is not under the 15-day no-watering order that affects many of its suburbs.
The repairs were required after officials discovered a leak in the 36-mile-long Upper Feeder pipeline owned by the Metropolitan Water District, which moves water from the Colorado River to California.
Officials said that in April they discovered the leak, whose location they won’t identify aside from saying it is in Riverside County. The pipeline has been providing water at a reduced capacity following efforts by a crew to perform temporary repairs.
Now, the district plans to fix it permanently to avoid a disastrous failure of one of the region’s most crucial water systems.
“What we want to make sure is that we don’t have a catastrophic failure of that critical pipe,” said Adel Hagekhalil, the Metropolitan Water District’s general manager, during a Tuesday, Aug. 30 press conference. “Because if that fails,” he said, “it’ll be an emergency and we will lose water.”
Hagekhalil referred to the repairs needed for the leaking pipe as performing “emergency surgery versus a catastrophic surgery.”
Although the streaming press conference held on Tuesday was marred by sound problems, Hagekhalil got across his message that the leak is a reminder that the water district needs to invest in its aging infrastructure.
Brent Yamasaki, the district’s system operations manager, said during the press conference that “the shutdown has been months in the making.”
“Imagine you’ve got a bridge with a pipeline on it, it’s 1,000 feet (across) and it crosses a river,” Yamasaki said. “You don’t want to do this in the wintertime when it’s raining.” He said crews will be working 24/7 to complete the repairs.
Maritza Fairfield, a spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Water District, said in a phone interview that the district is declining to share the exact location of the broken pipeline in Riverside County due to security concerns.
The pipeline has been running at reduced capacity since the district discovered that a bellows joint had cracked, Fairfield said, adding that crews “applied a temporary repair that allowed us to keep operating at reduced capacity.” Bellows joints are flexible elements that absorb movements in a pipe system.
“As soon as we were made aware of it, we made the temporary repair,” she said, adding that it took crews nearly 10 weeks to manufacture a bellows joint to replace the joint that cracked.
It’s unclear how large the leak was, but the district doesn’t normally shut down a pipeline for minor repairs, Fairfield noted.
“It’s more of a leak that we need to address now,” she said. “It’s definitely significant.”
Now that a replacement for the broken part is ready to be installed, officials said, the district is ready to complete long-term repairs.
The reason the district launched repairs during one of the worst heat waves of the year, Fairfield explained, is because “we can’t project the weather ahead of time. We did wait until after Labor Day to be able to schedule this shutdown, but we have to do the work.”
Starting Sept. 6, the Upper Feeder pipe will stop operating completely to allow workers to conduct repairs.
The Upper Feeder delivers water from the Colorado River, but during the repairs, Fairfield said, the district will be switching over to supplies from the California State Water Project — a multipurpose water storage and delivery system that stretches nearly 705 miles and delivers water through a network of canals, pipelines, reservoirs and hydroelectric power facilities.
In a normal year, a pipeline shutdown wouldn’t be an issue, Fairfield said, because the district would just switch over to the State Water Project’s supply. But those supplies are extremely limited due to the record-breaking drought, she said, adding that “the situation is more difficult.”
The upcoming water ban sparked criticism from residents and businesses who feared the two-week shutdown would destroy their trees, gardens and lawns.
Officials with the water district recommended using water collected from the shower to water plants, and to start deep-watering trees on Sept. 5, the day before the start of the ban. They said mulching is important to saving gardens and trees. Experts say using mulch can save 20-30 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet each time residents water their gardens and lawns.
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