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Caption Misidentifies Aqueduct

The caption for the photograph on the cover of the March 18 issue of the Burbank Leader is incorrect.
The photograph shows the Cascades of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in Sylmar. The water that is carried in the Los Angeles Aqueduct has been conveyed from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and is used solely by residents of the city of Los Angeles. California State Water Project water is not conveyed in the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
State water is conveyed in the California Aqueduct. Some state water, which has flowed through Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake, is delivered in the San Fernando Valley through large diameter pipelines to the Metropolitan Water District. The Metropolitan Water District then treats it and distributes it to retail water utilities.
There are a great many aqueducts in California, and it is very easy to get them confused.

Fred Barker
Barker is a retired waterworks engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and LADWP historian.

First published in the March 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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