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DATE: June 17, 2015 8:40:55 AM PDT

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LADWP, Councilmember LaBonge to Commission Headworks Reservoir East

New underground reservoir to meet federal standards, ensure high quality drinking water for LA



A news conference and commissioning ceremony with of Headworks Reservoir East with  Councilmember Tom LaBonge (CD4), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and federal and state officials.  


The Honorable Tom LaBonge, Councilmember of the Fourth District

Marty Adams, Senior Asst. General Manager, LADWP Water System

John Kemmerer, Associate Director, Water Division of the US EPA

James Maughan, Assistant Deputy Director, Division of Financial Assistance, State Water Resources Control Board


Thursday, June 18, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


6001 West Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068


Headworks East Reservoir is part of the massive two-reservoir underground complex being built adjacent to the 134 & 5 Freeways. This multi-year construction project, located along Forest Lawn Drive and across from the north entrance to Griffith Park will provide increased protection, reliability and compliance of  LA’s drinking water. The Headworks Reservoir complex will replace Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs in the water distribution system.

The Headworks Reservoir East tank was completed November 2014, along with a flow regulation station and 6,600 feet of new pipeline. Construction on Headworks Reservoir West is now under way and will be followed by restoration of the entire project area into passive recreation parkland as part of the overall L.A. River Revitalization project in association with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Once completed, the only visible part of the facility will be a small hydro-electric plant and the electrical building housing the controls for the reservoir. The control building serves as a layered metaphor for the history of the area as it is encased in the same granite rock that once lined the LA River and pays homage to the firm that previously owned the land, Pomeroy & Hooker.

This project has boosted the local economy by supporting 3,430 annual jobs and generating $563 million in economic benefits for Southern California, according to a 2012 economic impact analysis by the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. The project has between 100-150 full-time workers, two on-site cement production facilities, a large-diameter tunneling machine boring 80 feet below ground level to install a new 96-inch trunkline and other impressive features.

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Note: Safety is a priority at LADWP. All participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes to be allowed onto the construction site.


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For more information contact:
Albert Rodriguez
(213) 367-8650