For the past twelve
years the Bureau of Sanitation's Japanese Garden in Van Nuys has been
conducting a wastewater educational program that supports the Los Angeles
school district at no cost and a public program supported by our Docents
and volunteers that currently number over fifty. The Japanese Garden
was created as a tool to educate the public on how wastewater is treated
and reclaimed water reuses.
A workbook has been
developed for the school groups that come to the facility to help the
students understand the entire water reclamation process and a background
on the Japanese culture. A new project that the department of Water
and Power is construction the East Valley Water Recycling Project at
the southeast end of the Tillman facility. This project with the cooperation
of DWP is going to have an outdoor seating area at this new facility
to educate the school kids and the public on the future uses of this
water that is going to be pumped to Hansen Dam for ground water recharge.
A tour of the native berm to the south of the plant will bring the people
to this area. This native berm was a required mitigation of Sanitation
to place the plants discharge line under the dam.
The earth berm thru
cooperation with the Sepulveda basins Wildlife Steering Committee is
starting a tour program using the Gardens' current Docents and volunteers
to educate the public on the quality of our environment and the needed
All the above projects
are related to public education and other items on the horizon are a
video on the water reclamation process to be in conjunction with a display
board on the plant process which will be located at the viewing platform
that overlooks the plant, a video to be placed at libraries in a self
play television system, a video for the city channel, displays in malls
and school area, flyers at our sign in desk at the Garden, and trailers
at the introduction of movies at the theaters. The Gardens' advisory
committee is also forming a media search group to look into other areas
along with City staff.