New drone footage is showing the world something the public rarely gets access to see. FAA certified drone pilot Nick Hernandez of NickNack Films flew his DJI Mavic 2 Pro over the Los Angeles Aqueduct System. Opened in November of 1913, it took 5,000 workers 5 years to complete this $23 million project. The aqueduct created new jobs and communities, bringing millions of people from around the country to Los Angeles. The aqueduct takes water from the Owens River in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and stretches 233 miles before arriving in Los Angeles.
After entering the aqueduct, gravity alone is what moves the water along for up to 2 weeks. The final stretch of the aqueduct is called the Cascades and it is the section seen in this drone video. Located near the 5 freeway, the Cascades is operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and it uses the water to create hydro-electric power for local power plants. This up-close aerial footage shows the water rushing down the Cascades, where after it leaves the power plants it goes through a filtration process where it is cleaned with anthracite coal before entering LA’s main water system for distribution.
In 1958 the LA Aqueduct was designated as a California Historical Landmark.