CBS2 Investigates: South LA Park Proves Major Drain On Water, Taxpayer Money Amid Drought Crisis

CBS Los Angeles

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBS2) — The severe drought crisis has residents across California cutting back on their water usage but CBS2 has learned officials have been pumping millions of gallons of fresh water into a South L.A. park touted as a water conservation project.

It’s taken both a toll on the environment and taxpayers. Investigative reporter David Goldstein found the city has poured more than 19 million gallons of fresh water into the South L.A. Wetlands Park.

Located at 55th and Avalon, the park was designed by the city to take storm water from the sewers, treat it and then turn it into a picturesque lake.

The park cost taxpayers more than $26 million, most coming from Proposition O bond money. Prop O allocates money – up to $500 million – to fund projects that prevent or remove pollutants from the region’s waterways and oceans.

When the park first opened…

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