Simon Bolivar Park

Lakewood, CA

Simon Bolivar Park Stormwater Harvesting for Irrigation


Simon Bolivar Park Stormwater System for Irrigation

The City of Lakewood receives stormwater runoff from over 3,000 acres of watershed that is lost to the ocean in an area of the country that is in a severe drought. The stormwater culvert runs alongside Simon Bolivar Park that irrigates almost 400,000 square feet of turf and other landscaping. The city was interested in managing the stormwater and using a portion of captured stormwater for irrigation.


Wahaso has designed and delivered many systems that harvest stormwater from commercial sites that include rooftops, hardscapes and softscapes. However, the Bolivar project was unique because the 3,000 acres of collection area were not controlled, meaning that there was the potential for hydrocarbons and other harmful chemical run-off.


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Lakewood, CA


Tetra Tech Civil Engineers


Plumbing Engineer, Civil Engineer, Commercial Contractors, Commercial Architect




Stormwater for Irrigation


April, 2018

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Simon Bolivar Park Stormwater Harvesting for Irrigation
The strategy was to over-engineer the system to remove as many contaminants as possible and to include several dynamic water quality measurement devices to detect harmful levels of hydrocarbons or system fouling. These included hydrocarbon sensors, turbidity meters and PH monitoring. An activated charcoal filtration step was added to the treatment train to remove metals and help clarify the water. The control system was designed to report constantly to the Lakewood City automation system, and control logic was written to immediately bypass any water outside of acceptable quality ranges.

The system was commissioned in April 2018 and helps manage tens of millions of gallons of stormwater annually. Water quality tests confirmed that the system output is clean, clear and free of any harmful pathogens, making it safe for spray irrigation.

The irrigation component should save the community over four million gallons of municipal water annually.