Replace Aging Water Pipelines with Energy Efficient Alternative

Target: Marcie Edwards, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Goal: Replace aging municipal water pipelines with energy-saving pipes that contain hydroelectric power turbines.

The state of California uses about 300,000 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. With that high of an amount, it is imperative that the state take advantage of all renewable energy sources in order to provide electricity without draining natural resources and contributing to global warming. Currently, over fifty percent of the total electricity system’s power in California is fueled by fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Portland, Oregon has recently installed four energy turbines in its municipal water pipelines. These four turbines will create 1,100 megawatts of renewable energy per year, enough to power 150 homes. The only parts of the turbine that actually sit within the water pipes are the five blades, while grid connections, seals, and bearings remain on the outside of the pipes in order to prevent disruption of water delivery. They can be safely installed in pipelines that deliver drinking water, irrigation water, or wastewater. Furthermore, sensors in the pipe that contains the turbines can detect contaminants in the water, giving the city the power of early response.

A municipal water pipeline can last up to fifty years, and unfortunately in Los Angeles, some of the pipelines are eighty years old and prone to bursting, leaving residents without water. Since these pipelines need to be replaced, it would benefit the city to replace its gravity-fed pipes with ones containing power turbines in order to create clean, renewable energy and save the city the cost of electricity created by coal, oil, and natural gas. Furthermore, sensors in these pipelines can predict a burst pipe, allowing the city to take preventative measures, which is not only cost effective, but also prevents residents from being deprived of water.

By signing the petition below you will help urge the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to install power turbines in the city water pipes in order to harness energy from running water underneath the city.


Dear Ms. Edwards,

Lucid is a project that uses turbines in municipal water pipelines to create renewable energy. The city of Los Angeles has pipes that are over eighty years old and long overdue for a replacement. Installing Lucid pipes, which consist of four five-blade, keg-sized turbines roughly twelve feet apart will be a significant step towards California meeting its yearly energy reduction goals.

The average person uses 30,000 gallons of water per year, making the electricity generated from drinking water and wastewater a renewable resource and a sustainable energy source. At this time, approximately half of California’s total electrical power comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. Replacing gravity-fed pipes with ones containing power turbines will cut California’s dependence on non-sustainable energy sources and help the city prevent pipelines from bursting in the future.

I am urging you to encourage the installation of hydroelectric power turbines in the water pipes under the city of Los Angeles. Please take actions to enforce policies that encourage harnessing green energy and promote environmental sustainability.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United States Department of Energy

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