Silver Lake Reservoir To Begin Refill This April

COVER ART_LOS FELIZ_SILVER LAKE RESERVOIR_PHOTO_January 11, 2006

Silver Lake’s beautiful reservoir will be filled sooner and faster than expected, much to the delight of everyone. Officials say, due to L.A.’s recent winter storms, the reservoir will not only be refilled, but at historic levels, hopefully eliminating its concrete sidings. Photo: Michael Locke, taken in the winter of 2006.

SILVER LAKE—The mood was light and a sense of relief filled the air as Silver Lake residents filled the small auditorium at Ivanhoe Elementary School March 22nd.

Earlier that day, the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (LADWP) announced it would begin refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir in mid-April, a month earlier than planned.

Additionally, the process, they said, would take shorter than expected, with the reservoir expected to be completely filled in June rather than taking the previously planned 12 months.

“We’re really glad that this community and the LADWP were able to work together to make this happen and now we get to have what we want a lot sooner than we expected,” a community member said during the meeting.

The expedited process, according to LADWP officials, was made possible thanks to the Sierra Nevada snow packs, which is at approximately 240% capacity after California’s series of winter rainstorms.

The runoff from the melting snow packs already provides much of California’s water supply and the surplus from the runoff will be used to fill the reservoir, officials said.

Before the meeting started, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu went around the auditorium shaking hands, repeating to those happy about the recent development, “Today is a very exciting day.”

In addition to discussing the future of the reservoir, LADWP officials discussed the progress of the Silver Lake Reservoir Bypass project, which will help regulate the water in the reservoir.

Additionally, the removal of the Ivanhoe Reservoir’s shade balls, which were installed to prevent a toxic chemical reaction between sunlight and elements of the soil at the reservoir’s base should be completed this April.

Looking ahead, LADWP officials said they have hired a consultant that will help lay out a master plan for the future of the reservoir, including how best to maintain its water quality and recirculation.

Some, however, expressed concern over how much involvement the community would have in that process.

But both councilmembers Ryu and O’Farrell assured transparency and collaboration, and they said both of their offices would be heavily involved to ensure constituents have a significant voice in the process.

“It’s very important to me that the people who will be directly affected by this will have a huge say in what will happen,” O’Farrell said.

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