LOS FELIZ — The L.A. Department of Water and Power has temporarily drained the Rowena Ponds — an artificial lake complete with waterfall located behind a tall green fence at the corner of Rowena and Hyperion avenues.
The decorative lake and six acres of park-like grounds were built more than 20 years ago above a 10-million gallon water storage tank known as the Rowena Reservoir or the Rowena Tank.
The water from the ponds was drained beginning last month “to remove any organic material that has built up, to inspect the ponds liners and filtration system, to perform any needed minor maintenance work, and to refresh the pond water for algae and odor control,” the LADWP said in a statement.
The refilling of the ponds is scheduled to begin early next month.
Despite the park-like landscape, the Rowena Ponds remain off limits to the public to the consternation of some who have complained about the availability of nearby park space.
Why can’t the public stroll around the grounds? Officials say that high-voltage electrical and other equipment related to the reservoir tank poses a hazard to those who wander nearby.
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