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WALNUT CANYON RESERVOIR – A BIG SPLASH IN THE ANAHEIM COMMUNITY

ANAHEIM, CA (June 25, 2009) - City of Anaheim officials, along with Anaheim Public Utilities, re-dedicated the Walnut Canyon Reservoir on Tuesday morning. The 920-million-gallon reservoir has served the community for over 40 years and is the largest city-owned reservoir in Orange County.

Walnut Canyon Reservoir is first and foremost a working water storage reservoir, as it serves as a primary source of water to the Anaheim hill and canyon areas and allows the City to manage short-term, emergency, and seasonal water supply needs. In fact, the reservoir has the capacity to provide emergency water for the entire City for up to 45 days, in the event of an interruption to our imported water supplies.

“Over the past couple of years, this local water has become resourceful in many ways – most recently, during this past October’s Triangle Complex Fire, water dropping helicopters were able to refill their tanks with the reservoir’s water to help protect homes and property,” said Public Utilities General Manager Marcie Edwards.

The refurbishment, which started in February 2008, included the replacement of the reservoir lining system; the repair of the 1.7-mile perimeter road and local drainage system; the improvement of water quality; and the enhancement of public-use amenities such as landscaping, fencing and signage. The surrounding community provided valuable input regarding the aesthetics of the reservoir and the surrounding landscape.

 

Beyond being functional and providing recreation for the community to seek daily exercise around the reservoir, it also has historical significance. While the construction crew was restoring  the concrete “A” monument, contractors found a handwritten letter inside, which was signed by the original city crew and placed there when the “A” was built in 1970. This letter serves as a testament to the pride that City staff have in their work.

This is a good example of what can happen when local government works towards serving the needs of the community,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. “The water system’s project team did an excellent job to rehabilitate Walnut Canyon Reservoir in a way that met the City’s water needs and integrated aesthetic elements for the surrounding neighborhoods."

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Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle addressed more than 100 guests during rededication ceremonies at Walnut Canyon Reservoir, the largest municipal water storage reservoir in Orange County. Click Here 

Cutting the symbolic ribbon marking the rededication of Anaheim’s 920 million gallon Walnut Canyon Reservoir are from left: Lorri  Galloway, council member; Bob Hernandez, mayor pro tem; Dave Morgan, city manager; Mayor Curt Pringle; Lucille Kring, council member; Harry Sidhu, P.E., council member; and Marcie Edwards, general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities. Click Here

A plaque commemorating the rededication of Walnut Canyon Reservoir was mounted on a scaled down version of the famous “Big A” at rest area adjacent to the reservoir. Pictured from left are: Marcie Edwards, general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities; Bob Hernandez, mayor pro tem; Lorri  Galloway, council member; Mayor Curt Pringle; Lucille Kring, council member; Dave Morgan, city manager; and Harry Sidhu, P.E., council member. The “A” was fabricated by city employees back in the late 60s for the original commemorative plaque (which is still mounted on the other side of the “A”).
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The rededication of Walnut Canyon Reservoir brought together current Anaheim water utility management with former water system managers and a special guest. From left are: Marcie Edwards, current general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities; Marie Lenain, wife of the late August F. Lenain, who was water system superintendent during Anaheim’s post World War II boom years; Gordon W. Hoyt, now retired, was the first general manager of Anaheim’s municipal utility; Larry Sears, retired, is a former system planning engineer and water superintendent; and Don Calkins, current assistant general manager of Anaheim’s water utility. Click Here

A neighborhood family took a break from their late morning outing at the Walnut Canyon Reservoir Rededication site to observe the festivities. Click Here

 

 

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