The LA Zoo’s Answer to the Drought

Eliza Jane Whitman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, EW Consulting, Inc.
Flor Burro, Ali Poosti, PE, Lenise Marrero, PE,  City of LA- Sanitation, Wastewater Engineering Services Division
Darryl Pon, City of LA – LA Zoo


In efforts to improve water quality as well as decrease the City of LA’s potable water demand, One Water LA is working with the Los Angeles Zoo Department (LA Zoo) to identify the necessary steps to incorporate stormwater (SW) infiltration, capture, reuse, and treatment and to encourage Municipal Recycled Water (RW) at the LA Zoo. As of today, there are no specific USDA requirements pertaining to the use of RW at wildlife facilities, such as the LA Zoo. This analysis evaluated existing and potential options for incorporation in the Zoo’s upcoming Master Plan.

KEYWORDS: Recycled water, wildlife, drought, offsetting potable water, stormwater, water quality, water supply


In response to emerging challenges, such as increased water demand, new regulations, and threats of climate change, the City of Los Angeles is in the process of completing the One Water LA 2040 Plan. This plan builds upon the success of the award winning 2006 Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP), while also addressing a number of emerging challenges. The One Water LA 2040 Plan takes a holistic and collaborative approach, to consider all water resources from surface water, groundwater, potable water, wastewater, recycled water, dry-weather runoff, and stormwater as “One Water.”

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To view the PDF of WEFTEC-2017 LA Zoo presentation, click here.



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