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L.A. building new reservoirs in Griffith Park to reduce reliance on Silver Lake reservoir

April 15, 2011 |  7:07 am

Sunrise at the Silverlake Reservoir. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is deep into building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, notably the one in Silver Lake.

When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath an open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near the intersection with Zoo Drive.

Headworks Reservoir in Burbank

Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the Ventura (134) Freeway, horse riders emerge to see the construction site: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park.

The $230-million project was set in motion by federal regulations several years ago requiring upgraded open-air reservoirs, said Marty Adams, DWP’s director of water operations. 

The laws call for reservoirs to be covered, replaced or to have additional filtration systems built on-site, he said.


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Photos, from top: Silver Lake reservioir (credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times; construction of the Headworks Reservoir near Traveltown and Griffith Park; credit: Tim Berger/Times Community News