City water officials want to spend $20 million to rebuild a key North Hollywood pumping and chlorination station and add hydroelectric generators to produce power for commercial use.
Officials with the Department of Water and Power said reconstruction work at 11801 Vanowen St. is part of their effort to upgrade major buildings to withstand a severe earthquake. The work could start early next year and be completed by mid-1990, according to Tom Erb, water system environmental affairs coordinator.
About 29% of the city's water passes through the station and adjacent pipelines from nearby wells and the Los Angeles Aqueduct, serving about 1 million people. "This is a very integral part of the water system for the city of Los Angeles," Erb said.
He added that the existing pumping and chlorination equipment, contained in two buildings, will be housed in a new, 50-foot-by-180-foot structure.