Surprising signs and sights at the Silver Lake Reservoir

Photo by Dane Taylor

Photo by Dane Taylor

SILVER LAKE — Some new  historical markers and a big pool of water in an otherwise dry reservoir bed are attracting attention at the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Dane Taylor (who took the photo above) and other residents have noticed that a big wet spot has been growing in the reservoir, which was drained last year for a pipeline construction project. It’s not clear where that water is coming from since the L.A. Department of Water & Power said refilling the reservoir would not begin until next spring. Last June, water was seen collecting in a different portion of the reservoir. LADWP officials were not sure why water was seeping to the surface but surmised it might be coming from “water naturally stored in the reservoir banks.”

While that pool of water has been attracting attention, so have some new historic monument signs. Those signs on West Silver Lake Drive inform passersby that the reservoirs were declared city historic cultural monuments in 1989. At least two signs have been installed, said Dan Gershon, who sent in a photo.

The reservoirs were declared historic monuments at the request of then City Councilman Mike Woo, who opposed plans to cover up the reservoirs as part of efforts to meet more stringent federal water quality standards, according to an L.A. Times story.   The story said that Woo and others thought that landmark status would “prevent damage” to  the “scenic quality” of the reservoirs. Instead of covering the reservoirs, the LADWP built a giant underground reservoir on the north side of Griffith Park and has disconnected the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs from the city’s potable water supply.

Of course, the “scenic quality” of the reservoirs has suffered since they were drained last year. On Tuesday,  Sept. 20, the LADWP and city officials will discuss plans to refill the reservoir during a community meeting at John Marshall High.

silver lake reservoir historic sign

Photo by Dan Gershon

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  1. The water is pretty, but needs to be monitored for mosquitos! Anyone know if that’s being done, maybe Dep’t of Health?

  2. Looked at it tonight again, it has indeed grown since last time I photographed it even further! If they’re using an 8″ pipe to fill it as rumored, it would all make sense!

  3. Natural spring? DWP says there aren’t any pipes adding water to it. Maybe read your own archives?


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