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Schipske Arranges for Vacuum Truck to Remove Standing Water in 5th District

Schipske Arranges for Vacuum Truck to Remove Standing Water in 5th District

Long Beach, CA – December 5, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and her staff have been walking three to four days every week, making an inventory of every raised curb and sidewalk, potholes, graffiti, and other infrastructure issues for several months. Included in that inventory are the streets that have chronic standing water in the gutters.

Standing water occurs when excess water runs into the street but stops flowing where a tree root has caused a section of gutter to be raised. During the dry season, standing water is caused by over watering.

“I asked Public Works to get a vacuum truck to tackle the worst standing waters areas,” Schipske explained, “In the past, residents whose gutters are raised, have had to deal with standing water by sweeping it past the obstacle blocking the flow of water. The problem is that the water just flows to the next obstacle and stops there.

“With the new vacuum truck, the water will be sucked up from the gutters regularly. That should help alleviate the problem and also get rid of moss and reduce the ability for mosquitoes to live in the worst standing gutter locations in the Fifth District. It costs about $300,000 to repair a street that has standing water issues. Until there are funds available to do that, I encourage residents to conserve water and consider their neighbors that end up with the run off in front of their homes.”

Schipske says she and her staff will continue their inventory of the district and add more locations where standing water occurs, and continue with other infrastructure improvements as the street by street issues are collected.

The Councilwoman also reminds residents not to over water. For helpful tips about water conservation programs and incentives such as a rebate to install a “weather-based irrigation controller,” visit the Long Beach Water Department website at, and click on E-Watering, or on Residential Rebates.

If you are a Fifth District resident and would like to find out more about the Councilwoman’s Shaping Up the Fifth project to inventory the entire district, please call 562-570-6932 or email