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DATE: June 15, 2012 5:49:22 AM PDT

LADWP Letterhead

Statement by James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager
of the LADWP Water System, Regarding Proposed Alternative
to Bypass Silver Lake Reservoir

LOS ANGELES — As many Silver Lake residents and businesses are aware, LADWP is currently evaluating an alternative approach that would construct a bypass line inside Silver Lake Reservoir instead of tunneling under and installing a bypass line along West Silver Lake Drive and Redesdale Avenue.  This alternative avoids most traffic and other impacts of the construction of a tunnel on the west side of Silver Lake, and the associated access portals at the middle and on each end of that tunnel. This alternative is being explored in an effort to reduce the traffic, cost and environmental impacts associated with the construction necessary to bypass Silver Lake Reservoir and remove it from service, as required for compliance with federal and state drinking water quality mandates.

Recently, some members of the community have expressed concern regarding the fact that Silver Lake Reservoir would be drained if this alternative is ultimately selected. We want to stress that the evaluation of this alternative approach is at an early stage.  There are many technical, environmental, safety and financial issues that require careful consideration to make a decision based on complete information.  Please be assured no decision on the project has been made.  The approach we are taking is deliberative and consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.

We are sensitive to these concerns and want to make it clear  that this alternative, if it were undertaken, would require the reservoir to be drained only temporarily during construction for approximately 18 months.  Silver Lake Reservoir would be refilled immediately upon the completion of construction.

LADWP will provide an update and additional information regarding the alternative to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in about a month and will be prepared to further discuss the feasibility at that time. We are committed to working with the community and with Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti to find a solution to this issue in a manner that balances providing reliable and high quality water safely, affordably and in an environmentally suitable manner.