A wet spot marks the place where the Silver Lake Reservoir used to be

Silver Lake reservoir stream and springs by dan gershon 5-31-2016 4-22-040

Water trickles back into Silver Lake Reservoir | Dan Gershon

SILVER LAKE — The Silver Lake Reservoir has been drained for the installation of a new pipeline. But a few weeks ago Dan Gershon noticed that water began seeping out of the ground and pooling on the surface, creating a mini-wetland in the giant bowl of dirt that is now the reservoir. With hardly any rains in recent weeks, how did that water get there?

Gershon said it look like a natural spring was coming out of the dry reservoir bed. “At this rate, our Silver Lake Reservoir will be refilled sometime in the far future,” he said in an email.

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said that the water is not coming from any pipes. But they are not exactly sure what the source of the water is either.

“We believe the water you observed on Silver Lake Reservoir results from water naturally stored in the reservoir banks,” said Amanda Joseph with LADWP. “The same effect occurred the last time the reservoir was drained.”

LADWP officials are scheduled to hold a meeting on June 30 to discuss how and when the reservoir will be refilled.

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  1. That water is most likely the original Silver Lake before it was enlarged and filled as a reservoir. I have seen pictures of Silver Lake before it was a reservoir, with water there little other than a small pool, not a ton more than described there now and obviously created from an underground spring.

    So, this could be an opportunity to see the REAL Silver Lake — that certainly is what that water is!

  2. Short term memory? Same exact thing happened with Echo Park Lake when they drained it a few years ago for reconstruction & new water piping. In that case I believe it was ground water seeping up at a higher level than expected. A discovery that should have been forseen, but more than doubled the cost.

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