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.
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