And, you’re invited to the ceremony! I wish that we could sit right next to the new, gigantic tank and break a champagne bottle on the side! However, the new 2.1 million gallon Oak Canyon water reservoir is on a hill, and we will be in the Oak Canyon Park, looking up at it. The dedication takes place this Wednesday morning, at 10 AM, and, as chair of the board, I will be the MC, and would love for everyone to come!
This is a big deal for Oak Park, as the tank building process started in 2005 with the first EIR presented to the community, for a location at the entrance to our national park, at the Palo Comado trailhead. That did not sit well with the community, so it was back to the drawing board, with a new EIR presented in 2007, with a number of possible sites. (The challenge of siting a tank, is that sufficient altitude is needed for gravity water flow, along with a need for very stable land to site it on.)
Anyway, the site was finally picked, and then came searching for financing after the 2008 crash of the economy. We finally got the money, and construction commenced in June of 2011. The tank is full of water now, and will be put in operation any time now. Hurray! It will serve an area of original Oak Park, called the Conifer Zone, and will double the storage capacity of that zone.