SILVER LAKE — The people who live and walk around the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs have watched as water has been drained and a new pipeline begins to snake across the dry reservoir bed. While progress is being made, construction is not expected to be completed until early next year, according officials with L.A. Department of Water and Power.
The project includes the installation of a 66-inch diameter pipeline under a few blocks of West Silver Lake Drive and about 3,000 feet across the bed of the Silver Lake Reservoir (the larger of the two reservoirs). A new water regulation station will also be built on the property.
The new bypass pipeline is part of a larger project that will remove the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs from the city’s potable water system and have them replaced by a giant, new water tanks 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.
Here is an update provided by LADWP :
- The reopening of West Silver Lake Drive to two-way traffic between Hawick Street and Armstrong Avenue has been postponed until the end of March, weather permitting. The street, which has been closed to southbound traffic as the new water pipeline was installed, had originally been expected to reopen last October.
- A water regulation station and pipeline work at the bottom of Silver Lake reservoir is currently in progress and expected to be completed in January 2017.
- The LADWP plans to refill the reservoir but “the timing of the refill is still to be determined.”
- The most interesting item that has been found at the bottom of the emptied reservoir is a vinyl record. Who made the record? “We couldn’t read the label.”
- Residents can get more reservoir information at www.ladwp.com/SLRCBypass.
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