The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's $146-million water filtration plant at 13101 Sepulveda Blvd., Sylmar, will be formally opened Saturday with a 10 a.m. ceremony attended by the public, the Locke High School Band and officials from water, utility, government, business and community organizations.
The 25-acre facility, constructed with current water revenues and through sales of revenue bonds, uses the newest water treatment technology. Water from the Eastern Sierra watershed ends a 338-mile journey when it enters the plant where 24 filter beds filter and treat up to 600 million gallons of water daily, about 75% of the city's water supply.
Participants in the ceremony will include Paul H. Lane, general manager and chief engineer of the department; Duane L. Georgeson, assistant general manager; Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, director of the California Department of Health Services; Rick J. Caruso, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and Mayor Tom Bradley.
Plant tours will continue through 4 p.m.