Water is pretty important, it provides life and gives women an excuse to wear swimsuits... no wait, that's just not the proper thing to say. In any event, Los Angeles would not be Los Angeles without water, and this weekend alone you can go visit where the majority of the water in L.A. comes from as The L.A. Aqueduct opened this weekend.
The cascade where Sierra Nevada snowmelt flows into Los Angeles by way of the Los Angeles Aqueduct will be open to the public this weekend in celebration of the waterway's 100th anniversary.
The Aqueduct Cascades in Sylmar at 17001 Foothill Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The system of flumes, power plants, and pumps brings water 233 miles from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, where it flows down a studded, concrete flume to aerate it.
On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water and Power officials marked the centennial of the aqueduct's 1913 opening, which gave the city the boost it need to grow from an outpost of about 300,000 into the nation's second largest city with a population of about 4 million.
Why is this Aqueduct actually important? Without it we wouldn't be living in Los Angeles. Hell, Los Angeles wouldn't be a city. The Valley would also be a land on its own. You see, when the water rights came about, Los Angeles annexed the San Fernando Valley in order to get those water rights.
You know what, there's a lot of interesting stuff to know about this and you should know where your water is coming from, so just go over there this weekend and check it out, okay?