Massive Project Aims To Clean Valley’s Contaminated Groundwater
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA — Officials broke ground Wednesday on the $92 million North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project that aims to clean up and restore the use of groundwater in the San Fernando Valley.
The North Hollywood West site is the first of four planned remediation projects in the San Fernando Valley and is expected to be completed by early 2020.
Subscribe Garcetti’s office said the remediation of the San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin advances two key goals of the mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn by reducing the purchase of imported water by 50 percent by 2025 and producing 50 percent of Los Angeles’ water supply locally by 2035.
The San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin is an aquifer that can provide drinking water for more than 800,000 people, but parts of it are contaminated by industrial pollution dating back to the 1940s, Garcetti’s office said.
"This is such a high-value project for people across the city of Los Angeles," Krekorian said.
"For too long, we haven’t been able to utilize the San Fernando Groundwater Basin because of contamination and pollution.
With the North Hollywood West Groundwater Treatment Project, Los Angeles will finally be able to take full advantage of this groundwater resource."
"A local, clean and reliable water supply for the San Fernando Valley is long overdue," Martinez said.
Decades of development have contaminated the valley’s groundwater, forcing families to rely on more costly sources from outside the city.
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