LADWP In the Community
Greetings, LADWP Community! We are pleased to share with you the latest efforts at LADWP plus some personal stories about some of our employees as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May.
LED Savings Coming Soon
to Your Doorstep
If May hasn't given you enough reasons to celebrate, here's one more. LADWP is delivering two free 12-watt LED bulbs in reusable bags to the 1.4 million customers in the city of Los Angeles. Customers who replace two 75-watt incandescent bulbs with these LED bulbs can expect to save a combined 138 kilowatt-hours annually for the life of the bulbs, estimated to last up to 23 years. Making this easy switch can also save up to $476 in electric costs over the lifetime of the two LEDs. Learn about other opportunities for savings with LADWP's energy efficiency programs.
Don't Let Mylar Balloons Leave You in the Dark
When metallic Mylar balloons stray into energized power equipment, they can cause power outages. So far this year, there have been nearly 300 power outages in our service area caused by Mylar balloons. In 2018, LADWP crews responded to nearly 1,000 Mylar balloon-related incidents that resulted in the loss of power to nearly 545,000 LADWP commercial and residential customers.
High season for Mylar outages coincides with graduations and summer holidays, so please celebrate responsibly . Watch this video to see an example of the dangers posed by Mylar balloons.
Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month

LADWP proudly honors our employees whose heritage and contributions to our legacy of service we celebrate this month. LADWP’s commitment to a diverse workforce benefits everyone and improves our service to our customers, whether through maintaining and modernizing our water system or guiding us into the next century of clean power. Read about two of our Asian / Pacific Islander colleagues at LADWP.
Susan Rowghani: Reflections on Asian American-Pacific Islander Heritage Month
As the person responsible for overseeing the engineering, design and project management for nearly $300 million in capital projects at LADWP, Susan Rowghani is one of the most influential employees shaping the Department today. She recently sat down with us as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to reflect upon her culture and experiences growing up in Chicago as a third-generation Japanese-American. Read about her story here.
A Conversation with Louis Ting
For LADWP’s Director of Power Planning, Development and Engineering the adversity he initially faced in adjusting to his new home in America as a child was what helped determine his entry into engineering and eventually into senior management of the Power System at the largest municipal utility in the country. Read about Louis' inspiring story here .
Project Spotlight : LADWP Powers up New International Concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LADWP employees recently completed construction on the largest industrial substation (IS) in the Department's power system. IS 5474 will serve as the power source for the new 750,000 square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) at LAX, providing 32 megawatts of reliable electricity. The upgraded station will power technological advances integrated into the MSC such as automation, boarding pass scanning, and biometric data collection, as well as modern boarding gates, elevators, escalators, air conditioning and shopping and local dining. LADWP will continue to partner with LAX on other exciting projects in the future such as the "Automated People Mover" electric train system. For more information on the MSC checkout this video .
Sustainable Landscape Maintenance Workshop: June 9
If you have installed a beautiful, sustainable garden you need to know how to maintain it. Join us on Sunday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Treepeople's Headquarters at Coldwater Canyon Park for this hands-on workshop. The workshop will cover soil health, plant care and pruning, irrigation and watering considerations, rain barrels and more, and will be led by TreePeople ISA certified arborist and native plant guru, Linda Eremita. Sign up to attend.
LaKretz Innovation Campus Now Open for Tours
LADWP's Customer Engagement Lab at LaKretz Innovation Campus is now open for tours. This unique facility is a space where science, entrepreneurship, environmentalism and policy-making merge to advance the development of a sustainable future that includes clean and abundant water supplies, a commitment to 100% renewable energy, and an inclusive green economy. It is also a showcase for labs, working exhibits and educational opportunities for customers, students and visitors alike, offering ways to save money, conserve water and electricity and learn valuable information on rebates available to all LADWP customers.
Partnering with Neighborhood Councils
LADWP is the only department in the City of Los Angeles with a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Neighborhood Councils committing to regular and ongoing communication about department programs and policies. The DWP-NC MOU and Advocacy Committees meet every first Saturday of the month at 8:45 a.m. at LADWP Headquarters at 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Join us!