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Residents Fight For Reservoirs

Los Angeles may have outgrown the old network of 10 asphalt and cement watering holes, although some are still being used to store drinking water. Others are maintained for emergencies, but by 2015, the Los Angeles Times estimates that all of them will be removed from service, covered or replaced by tanks.

Recently, in Los Angeles, Calif. officials from the Department of Water and Power have been working on ways to cover the Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir in Bel-Air and the Elysian Reservoir near Dodger Stadium in order to obey drinking water regulations that require covered water sources.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that local residents are fighting to reclaim the sites as parkland or open space. While city officials want to cover the reservoirs with fabric, metal or concrete, which is causing quite a stir.

Some residents want the 15-acre Elysian Reservoir, which was built in 1903, converted into a playground and splash park, which officials call a costly engineering challenge, said the Times. While residents of Stone Canyon want to keep their reservoir open, or buried in tanks and landscaped with native shrubs and trees, which would keep heavy equipment working for years in the neighborhood.

The Coalition to Preserve Open Reservoirs, which was created in 1998 after the DWP announced plans to cap Elysian with an aluminum roof, hopes the conflict will be resolved by the end of the year.

Although the reservoirs may not seem spectacular to the naked eye, to some local residents, they are still worth fighting for.


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December 8, 2019, 7:49 am PDT

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