Pasadena Water and Power Hosts Hybrid Community Meeting on Sunset Complex Project on Thursday, March 24

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) will host a community meeting on the Sunset Complex Project on Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. at Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The meeting will be simulcast via Zoom.

California is in the middle of another drought with water supplies reaching historically low levels. With water supplies becoming scarcer, PWP is looking to address aging water infrastructure and improving local resiliency. The Sunset Reservoirs are one of 14 reservoirs that serve a critical role in the city’s drinking water system. The existing Sunset Reservoir site is located at the corner of West Mountain Street and Sunset Avenue, just east of the 210 Freeway. Approximately 25% of the city’s water demand is served by the Sunset Reservoirs, which have been in service for more than 125 years and are in need of replacing. The proposed Sunset Complex Project improves system reliability to ensure all PWP water customers have access to safe, reliable drinking water.

PWP is proposing to replace the existing reservoirs with two circular concrete storage reservoirs that will be designed to current seismic standards. A new groundwater treatment plant will consist of ion exchange to remove perchlorate; liquid phase granular activated carbon to remove volatile organic compounds; and a disinfection system. This treatment system will allow PWP to utilize more of the city’s groundwater supply. In addition, the project will include emergency power generators to keep the complex in operation in the event of a power outage. Since the project site is adjacent to residential properties, the project proposes aesthetic improvements including new fencing and landscaping.

PWP invites the community to attend this meeting to learn more about the project and proposed improvements based on initial public feedback from prior meetings. For more information about the project and the upcoming meeting, visit, call (626) 744-4005, or email

About Pasadena Water and PowerPWP provides electricity to more than 65,000 customers within Pasadena. PWP delivers water to nearly 38,000 customers in Pasadena and adjacent communities in the San Gabriel Valley. As a community-owned utility, PWP is a not-for-profit public service owned and operated by the City of Pasadena for the benefit of its customers and the community. Its priorities are reliability, responsiveness to customers, reasonable rates and environmental stewardship.

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