Hydropower Goes Downtown

by W. Robert Peterson, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, CA, USA,
Randolph E. Steen, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


Beneath a busy street in Southern California seems an unlikely location for a small hydroelectric generating plant. However, located just below El Segundo Boulevard in the town of El Segundo (near the Los Angeles International Airport) is a 1000 kilowatt hydroelectric generating facility. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works constructed, operates and maintains the West Coast Basin Barrier Project which prevents intrusion of sea water into the ground water system. Because the water is delivered at a significantly higher pressure than can be utilized, it is reduced prior to distribution. The existing facilities were extensively modified to include the turbine-generator, bypass valve, control systems, hydraulic systems, lube oil systems, and ancillary equipment.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Business districts | Power plants | Control systems | Municipal water | Water supply systems | Salt water intrusion | Groundwater | California | United States | Los Angeles

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