Ambitious Plans Unveiled for $700M Tillman Water Purification Facility in Los Angeles

Located at Japanese Gardens

MAY 19TH, 2024


A Vision of Sustainability: Los Angeles’ New Water Treatment Proposal

As part of the Mayor’s Resiliency Plan and the Green New Deal, Los Angeles is embarking on a bold new project that promises to redefine its future.

The Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant, located at the cornerstone of the city’s water infrastructure and nestled near the Japanese Gardens, is set to undergo a transformative upgrade. The new proposal, DC Tillman Reclamation Wastewater Treatment Plant Advanced Water Purification Facility, recently unveiled with detailed renderings, outlines a plan that is not only ambitious but also aligns with the community’s vision for a sustainable and self-reliant future.

Construction for the Donald Tillman Water Advanced Water Purification Facility is slated to start this October. The project costs are estimated to be $700 million dollars.

The Project’s Goals

The project’s primary goal is to fully reuse and recycle all available water locally by 2035. This aligns with the broader objectives of the city’s sustainability plans, which aim to reduce dependency on imported water and bolster the city’s resilience against natural disasters.

Benefits for the Community

The benefits of this project are manifold:

  • Local Water Sourcing: By providing 21,000 acre-feet of water per year, the project will significantly reduce Los Angeles’ reliance on imported water.

  • Emergency Preparedness: In the event of natural disasters, having a local source of drinking water will be invaluable for the city’s emergency response capabilities.

  • Environmental Impact: The project will also reduce the environmental footprint associated with transporting water from distant sources, contributing to a greener Los Angeles.

Exceeding Standards

The treated water from this project will not only meet but exceed state and federal standards, making it suitable for indirect potable use. This means that Angelinos will have access to high-quality drinking water that is safe, reliable, and locally sourced.

A Collaborative Effort

This initiative is a joint effort between the Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). It represents one of the largest water reuse projects in the country and builds upon a 40-year history of successful water recycling in the city.

Case Summary and Documents: CPC-2024-2579-CU3




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