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As drought drags on, what should happen to the Silver Lake Reservoir

The Silver Lake Reservoir in 2010.
The Silver Lake Reservoir in 2010.
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Officials with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have a big challenge on their hands.

They've promised to refill the iconic Silver Lake Reservoir once construction to reroute water distribution pipes is finished — a project that required draining the 400-million-gallon lake.

Originally, DWP planned to refill it with water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River — water that's normally used to supply tap water in the sprawling city.

The reservoir is no longer used as storage for drinking water, so that supply would essentially mean using potable water to refill what's become a giant, decorative water feature — of course, one that draws throngs of runners and walkers to its footpath and buoys local property values.

Given that California is mired in a prolonged drought, DWP officials are rethinking their initial plans. They're now considering refilling the lake with recycled wastewater and stormwater rather than scarce drinking water.

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Sharon McNary, KPCC reporter who’s been following the story. She was at the meeting Thursday night, where City Council members David Ryu and Mitch O’Farrell, as well as DWP water operations director Marty Adams addressed the community

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Councilmember of the 13th District, which includes Silver Lake