Environment & Science

The future of L.A.'s drinking water is underground

The reservoir is big enough to fit more than four football fields. It includes hundreds of 30-ft concrete columns to hold up the roof being built.
The reservoir is big enough to fit more than four football fields. It includes hundreds of 30-ft concrete columns to hold up the roof being built.
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Federal drinking water regulations now require open-air reservoirs to be covered or replaced. So LADWP is building a new underground reservoir in Burbank that replaces Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs.