DWP chief to address concerns over Silver Lake water line construction

May 8, 2012

The head of the Department and Water Power will come to Silver Lake tonight to respond to complaints that the agency and its contractors have failed  to property shield residents from  a major water line construction that has disrupted the north end of the community. The  project, which has involved ripping up numerous streets on the north end of Silver Lake,  has become a contentious issue as many residents have grown worried about potential  health and environmental risks in addition to years of road closures and detours.  Tonight’s appearance by DWP General Manager Ron Nichols comes after numerous and often contentious meetings between agency officials and residents.

“After many months of serious issues that weren’t getting resolved … I felt a face-to-face with either the Board of Commissioners or Mr. Nichols was needed,” said  Jerome Courshon, who has focused attention on the project’s health and environmental concerns.

Nichols agreed to appear before the Silver Lake’s Neighborhood Council’s Reservoirs Complex Committee after Courshon asked Congressman Adam Schiff to get involved and set up a meeting with the DWP’s top leadership. “Upon receipt of Congressman Schiff’s letter, Mr. Nichols agreed to meet with us,” Courshon said.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, 2930 Hyperion Ave.

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