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September 24, 2000
Re "Brockovich Warns Panel of 'Poison'," Sept. 16. Andrew Blankstein's well-balanced article brings a critically important issue to our attention. How many of your friends regularly drink L.A. municipal tap water? In my case, none that I can recall. I believe it's because municipal water supplies, nationwide have lost the confidence of the public. I recently received in the mail a very nice booklet from the L.A. Department of Water and Power--their annual report on water quality.
August 13, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials expressed optimism that a break in the weather Saturday will allow workers to promptly finish massive repairs to the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a portion of which was damaged by thunderstorms and flash floods that pounded California desert communities last week.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has failed to adequately plan for the city's future water needs either through conservation or development of new water sources, according to a sweeping management audit released Thursday. The audit, conducted over six months at a cost of $1.2 million, concludes that planning for new sources of water "should receive immediate attention."
June 6, 1986 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
Los Angeles finally is giving back some of the water local residents say the city stole from them many years ago. A valve was opened at mid-morning Thursday and water flowed from the Los Angeles Aqueduct into Black Rock Channel, and then into the Owens River, which has been generally dry since 1913. That was the year--a year of glory for Los Angeles and of infamy here--that the city and its famous chief water engineer, William Mulholland, began diverting water from the river.
October 4, 1987 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
The long-abandoned Beverly Hills waterworks survived Thursday's earthquake with no visible damage, but its future remains as cloudy as the sulfurous well water it was built to purify 60 years ago. Threatened with demolition earlier this year, the building, at 333 S. La Cienega Blvd., was spared in May when a Superior Court judge said that the city would have to prepare an environmental impact report before proceeding with plans to tear it down.
July 21, 1993
A series of deadlines were set Tuesday requiring city water officials to build three water filtration facilities to serve four reservoirs at a cost of $500 million. The plants will help city water supplies meet state standards for purity, but their construction could cost Department of Water and Power customers an average of $3.20 per month for the next 10 years, starting next July.
June 23, 1988
Floyd E. Wicks has been elected vice president-operations of Southern California Water Co., a statewide water utility headquartered in Los Angeles. Before joining Southern California Water, he was vice president of operations for six years with Ohio Water Service Co., Poland, Ohio.
January 22, 1994 | Research by FREDERICK MUIR / Times Staff Writer
What Happened: 1. The shaking and buckling caused havoc with the steel and concrete pipes and the aqueducts operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 2. The Los Angeles Aqueduct, which brings water from the Owens Valley, broke just south of Soledad Canyon. The flow of water was quickly transferred to a second aqueduct, but engineers soon found that it too was leaking badly and shut it down. 3.
November 30, 1997
When the city's oldest water pipelines were installed, William Mulholland was water superintendent, Los Angeles had a population of 450,000 and the aqueduct carrying Owens River water 223 miles from the eastern Sierra had just been built. Today, this 84-year-old section of pipeline is part of 144 miles of old riveted steel pipes throughout the city that the Department of Water and Power plans to replace over the next 20 years, at a cost of $450 million.
March 10, 1988
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has begun replacing more than 7,000 feet of water pipes in an area bordered by Bundy Drive, Walnut Lane and Texas and Westgate avenues. The new pipes will be between six and eight inches in diameter, contrasted with the four-inch pipes that have been in use in the area since 1924. The water district also plans to add six fire hydrants to the area.
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