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City of Los Angeles Garvanza Park Rainwater Capture and Use

Garvanza Park was retrofitted to enhance the water quality of runoff from an 85-acre watershed by retaining over one million gallons of urban runoff during each storm event. CWE assisted LA Sanitation, the City of Los Angeles, and North East Trees by conducting a study and design analysis.  This determined the feasibility of routing urban and stormwater runoff from an existing 48-inch reinforced concrete storm drain pipe into a Best Management Practice (BMP) system.

The Garvanza Park system consisted of:

A Hydrodynamic Separator and Settling Basin
One Water-Tight Subsurface Detention Gallery
One Subsurface Infiltration Gallery for Onsite Landscape Irrigation Use and Infiltration

CWE was first tasked with evaluating the existing conditions.  This involved a full analyses of the site’s drainage capabilities, pollutant loads, current utilities and ground surveys.  Feasibility and forecasting studies were conducted to determine the best way for the city to move forward.

Using this analysis and feasibility research, CWE began planning site enhancements.  Starting with conceptual sketches, CWE started the process of designing stormwater treatment BMP infrastructures.  Modifications and improvements were designed for existing infrastructure.  Upgraded pump station designs were generated.  Grading and drainage plans were generated to improve overall site performance while drastically reducing site erosion.

Additionally, the project provided for inline gross pollutant detection system that activated valves to shut the system down in cases of emergency. CWE also provided construction administration services, including supervision and inspections during the project’s construction phase.  Water quality sampling was provided to evaluate project effectiveness.

Project Tasks

Study and design analysis for retrofitting Garvanza Park
Enhancing water quality of runoff from an 85-acre watershed
Feasibility of routing urban and stormwater runoff into a BMP system
Evaluation of existing conditions
Site drainage capabilities
Pollutant loads
Current utilities
Ground surveys
Feasibility and forecasting studies
Planning site enhancements
Conceptual sketches
Design of stormwater treatment BMP infrastructures
Existing infrastrucure design modifications and improvements
Upgraded pump station designs
Generating grading and drainage plans
Improve overall site performance
Drastically reducing site erosion
Inline gross pollutant detection system
Aactivates valves to shut the system down in cases of emergency
Construction administration services
Supervision and Inspections
Water quality sampling to evaluate project effectiveness