A muddy view of the Silver Lake Reservoir

High and sort-of-dry | Dan Gershon

High and sort-of-dry | Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE —  The muddy bottom of the Silver Lake Reservoir has begun to come into view as more 350 million gallons of water are drained from the neighborhood icon.

Dan Gershon snapped the photo above near the southern edge of the reservoir, which is being temporarily drained to build a new water pipeline.  Once enough water is drained, construction will begin on a bypass pipeline that will stretch 3,000 feet across the bed of the reservoir, according to officials with the L.A. Department of Water & Power.  The reservoir will be refilled once the 66-inch wide pipeline, which is also being installed under a section of West Silver Lake Drive, is completed next year.

Meanwhile, the Ivanhoe reservoir, the one covered with those black shade balls, is also being drained.

The new bypass pipeline is part of a larger project that will see the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs permanently removed from the city’s potable water system and replaced by a new reservoir buried north of Griffith Park. The project will allow the LADWP to meet  more stringent federal water quality guidelines and keep the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs as open bodies of water.

Photo by Dan Gershon

Photo by Dan Gershon

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  1. Thought the SL reservoir was emptied a few years ago??? Too bad we are losing the open reservoir in Elysian Park, that one will be covered I think. 🙁

  2. Is the water that is being emptied just run down drain to ocean? If so..that’s a lot a water disappearing in middle of drought….dwp could have alerted all residences served by this water to empty reservoir for them by turning on their taps and filling their cisterns, pools, watering lawns, etc..in this time of instant mass email communication this shows little planning and much waste….this is why dwp is implementing a massive price hike over next 5 years….poor management..they say its to maintain and upgrade failing infra structure….but their revenues should have been applied to maintainence over the years. Just another reason DWP should have its accounts monitored and made publically available.

    • This has been planned for a long time, and has been announced over and over. Pretty sure the water was drained to other resorvoirs, not wasted.

      • It’s true they’ve said they ve treated it to be returned to drinking water supply…with portable purification units but one does wonder if this was possible why something a little more permanent could not have been constructed rather than build an underground reservoir…terrorist factor?

  3. Planned for a long time and executed before El Nino. Well done DWP.

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