L.A. Aqueduct Cascades Open to the Public Through Saturday

Close up of the L.A. Aqueduct Cascades. | Photo: Courtesy Elson Trinidad/KCET

On November 5, 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct began bringing water to the city. 100 years later, KCET is looking at what has happened, what it means, and more across its website.

This story has been corrected. See note below.

The waterway where Sierra Nevada snowmelt flows into Los Angeles by way of the Los Angeles Aqueduct will be open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday in celebration of the waterway's 100th anniversary.

The Aqueduct Cascades in Sylmar at 17001 Foothill Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The area will not be open on Sunday.

The system of flumes, power plants and pumps brings water 233 miles from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, where it flows down a studded, concrete flume to aerate it.

On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water and Power officials marked the centennial of the aqueduct's 1913 opening.


Reader question via Twitter: Will they will be letting water flow down the open channels?
Answer from LADWP: Water will periodically be running down the cascade, but there is no schedule.

For the Record: Because information was transmitted incorrectly from City News Service, an earlier version of this story stated that the cascades would be open Sunday and that the centennial took place Wednesday. We regret the errors.

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