After an incident in Eagle Rock, Councilmember Huizar introduced legislation Wednesday demanding that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power address water waste in the department's maintenance and upgrade procedures.
On Monday, March 16, 2015, tens of thousands of gallons of water gushed down Eagle Vista and Hill drives in Eagle Rock, entering the stormdrain system and ultimately pouring into the ocean. The Department of Water and Power (DWP) confirmed that the water was being intentionally drained from a water main that needed to be fixed as part of planned improvements to the Eagle Rock Reservoir. After hearing from local residents on social media, Councilmember Huizar's staff responded on site and contacted DWP officials who agreed to send trucks to capture and reuse water that was being drained.
Councilmember Huizar strongly believes that the DWP's practice of releasing water into the stormdrain system contradicts the City's prioritization of water conservation. It is essential that water waste be avoided and that the DWP address this practice immediately.
See below for motion (Council File: 15-0313) presented by Councilmember Jose Huizar in the LA City Council on March 18, 2015.