L.A. Bureau of Sanitation at the Forefront of Water Sustainability

Enrique Zaldivar, Director of the Bureau of Sanitation, explains the city's efforts to maintain public health and promote water conservation. As urban areas guard natural resources and urban environments, L.A. presents some successful first steps.

Enrique Zaldivar, Director of the Los Angeles City Bureau of Sanitation, had a conversation this month with The Planning Report on the status of the Bureau's efforts to improve the quality of life and water across the City of Los Angeles. Leading a staff of 2800, Zaldivar's Bureau has managed to significantly reduce the number of spills occuring each year in L.A. and is taking bold steps in updating the hidden infrastructure for the 21st century.

A sanitation department plays one of the most important roles in maintaining a functioning and healthy city. As Americans deal with less reliable water sources, the L.A. Bureau of Sanitation demonstrates where efficiencies can be found and where the potential for reuse lies. Sanitation's part in cleaning up Los Angeles' notorious Skid Row also demonstrates the immediate and dramatic impact local government may have on the urban environment.

Thanks to Kevin Madden

Full Story: Enrique Zaldivar Chronicles City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation’s Success

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
$18.95
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95