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Silver Lake goes dry

March 13, 2008 | 10:49 am

Silverlake2_jxho7nnc_2It took a few weeks, but all that's left of the 600 million gallons in the Silver Lake Reservoir are a few paltry puddles.

Named for Herman Silver, a member of Los Angeles’ first water commission, the lake is was the scenic centerpiece of the hilly community northwest of downtown L.A.

 Water officials ordered the water removed after testing revealed the presence of bromate, a carcinogen,  there and in nearby Elysian reservoir. They say they'll have the reservoir clean and full by June.

--Veronique de Turenne

Photo: Karen Tapia-Anderson / Los Angeles Times