The DWP has said in the past that building a roof over the Elysian and Upper Stone Canyon reservoirs would save between $150 million to $190 million over the cost of building underground storage tanks (click here for more details). In April 2010, the DWP commissioners were scheduled to vote on approving a cover over the Elysian Park reservoir but postponed their decision.
The DWP needs to cover or replace the Elysian Reservoir by 2015 to comply with new water quality standards. Lassen said the Citizens Committee has been working the DWP to identify the necessary funds for the underground tanks. The DWP has asked state water quality officials for more time to find funds but have been turned down, Lassen said.
Lassen and others note that the DWP has spent large amounts of money to build underground tanks to replace other reservoirs. It is currently building tanks that will eventually replace the Silver Lake reservoirs.
In 2001, the agency replaced the Rowena Reservoir in Los Feliz with a 10 million gallon tank topped by a decorative pond and landscaping after faced with opposition to building a roof over the facility.
Update: The Elysian Reservoir cover has been removed from the Dec. 6 agenda and maybe rescheduled until January, said Lassen.
Related stories & links:
- Elysian Reservoir Water Quality Improvement Project. DWP
- Open water’s open question. LA Times
- A dry spell for Elysian Park’s reservoir. The Eastsider