SILVER LAKE – It seems like only a few months ago when the reservoirs in Silver Lake were finally refilled, and now they’re draining one of them again.
Actually, it was only in April when the water began to flow back into the Ivanhoe and Silver Lake reservoirs after they were drained in 2015 for pipeline construction. Now the Ivanhoe Reservoir, the smaller of the two, has to be mostly emptied once again. This time, though, it will be drained into the Silverlake Reservoir – the larger of the two pools – and refilled after about a month and a half.
This will enable workers to seal off the pipeline that connects Ivanhoe to the rest of the L.A. water system, according to Ellen Cheng, a spokesperson for the LADWP. This will help the LADWP comply with regulatory requirements, according to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.
About 33 million gallons will be pumped out of Ivanhoe to bring the water level down to about 10 feet. Cheng said. The work on the pipeline is scheduled to take about four weeks – from Sept. 17 to Oct. 15.
After that, it should take another 10 days to refill Ivanhoe.
Cheng said traffic should not be affected by the work.
“All construction at Rowena will be contained inside the Rowena Reservoir without encroaching on any public right-of-way,” Cheng said. “Sidewalks will also not be impacted by the construction.”
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