By BARRY LANK
SILVER LAKE — Whatever the city does – or does not do with the Silver Lake Reservoir, people in the neighborhood mostly want to hear a clear plan for refilling it, Catherine Geanuracos said.
Residents are concerned about not knowing what the plan is and the timeline for getting water back into the reservoir, said Geanuracos, who is treasurer and secretary of Silver Lake Forward, an advocacy group dedicated to moving this planning process along. “There’s a lot of anxiety, and it’s unfortunate.”
That chance to reduce some of that anxiety comes tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, when representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power hold a town hall meeting with the public. In a press release, the DWP said it will discuss the timing and the water source for the refill.
The reservoir was drained last year to construct a pipeline along the reservoir bed as part of a much larger water-quality improvement project. The original plan had been to refill the reservoir from the same potable sources as before.
But as the plan moved forward, so did California’s drought — and by the time the actual draining started, conservation mandates from Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Eric Garcetti had already led the DWP to consider non-potable sources. An LADWP press release said those could include the Los Angeles River, recycled water, or storm runoff.
But new water sources mean new pipes and infrastructure to capture the water and bring it in. That additional construction could leave the reservoir empty longer than residents expected.
“The Silver Lake community and especially the immediate neighbors to the lake have endured construction and an empty lake bed for much too long,” said Tom Drew, the spokesperson for Refill Silver Lake Now, another advocacy group for this issue. His group, he said, “prefers that DWP stands by what they promised three-and-a-half years ago, which was well into the current drought, that they would refill the reservoir once the pipe bypass project was finished with drinking water and thus in as quick a fashion as possible.”
The Town Hall meeting with LADWP – hosted by City Councilmembers David Ryu and Mitch O’Farrell – takes place Thursday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Micheltorena Street Elementary School, 1511 Micheltorena St. Parking is available on school property.
Barry Lank grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, then went away for a seriously long time. He has worked in TV and radio, and currently helps produce The Final Edition Radio Hour.
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