GLENDALE, California – Decades ago, before Glendale Water & Power provided water to the north Glendale and La Crescenta area, smaller utility districts controlled the water delivery. During that time, a well was drilled near Foothill Boulevard which provided water to the local community. The well was eventually closed and forgotten, and the water districts were absorbed into GWP when the city annexed the area. The site became overgrown with trees and shrubs and an old fence blocked visibility.
A few years ago, as part of GWP’s mission to increase groundwater supplies, pilot wells were drilled and tested for productivity. While checking well records, a GWP Water Engineering employee noted the existence of the old well on GWP property. A field investigation located the old Foothill Well.
Glendale Water & Power reopened and tested the well to determine its production capacity. Those results were encouraging. GWP decided to put the well back into service because the well was collecting significant amounts of local groundwater that would help reduce the amount of more costly imported water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District. In order to put the well back into use, GWP went through an extensive and arduous permitting process that was necessary to protect public health. A pipeline connecting the well to GWP’s New York Reservoir had to be constructed down Foothill Boulevard. The California Department of Public Health inspected and approved the well for production, which began in May. The well was officially commemorated on Tuesday, July 19th by Mayor Laura Friedman.
“Glendale Water & Power’s goal is to maximize our local groundwater supplies as much as we can. The Foothill Well brings us one step closer to our goal”, stated Peter Kavounas, Assistant General Manager of Water. “Increasing our local supplies will offset our dependency on expensive MWD water."
Foothill Well Facts:
1. New 3,420 foot pipeline was installed to deliver water to the New York reservoir
2. Well produces 200 gallons per minute and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
3. Every gallon collected means one gallon less purchased from MWD
4. Annually, the well will save 350 acre feet or about $245,000
Before: (Click on image to see larger version)
After / Dedication: (Click on image to see larger version)