Even in dehydrated California, there’s water to spare. A lot of it flows through the Los Angeles River, which carries some 200 million gallons of water a day right into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s lost forever.
Lujac Desautel is a young architect with an idea for all that wasted water. He calls the project Liquifying Aquifers. The concept calls for building some monolithic infrastructure along the Tujunga Wash, a 13-mile tributary of the L.A. river, that could siphon and clean the water running through it. Some of it would fill a public swimming pool; the rest would go into the parched San Fernando Valley groundwater basin, an aquifer that supplies potable water to more than 800,000 people in the Los Angeles area. It’s all designed to answer a two-part question of Desautel’s: “How do we get that 200 million gallons of water back into the aquifer? And could we use [the solution] to establish a local, community place?” His project recently won an award in the “pragmatic category” from Archinect’s Dry Futures competition.
Liquifying Aquifers would use a system of wells to divert water from the Tujunga Wash into a series of three concrete structures, each shaped like an inverted pyramid. […]