Inyo County, CA

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

To help a utility company mitigate hazardous dust exposure, we installed electrical and instrumentation controls over a 30-square-mile area.

Close up of the electrical and instrumentation control project at LA Dept of Water and Power

Value Delivered

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program involved a series of projects that included control measures such as shallow flooding, to address the impact of massive dust storms. 

The dust contained carcinogens from the dry lakebed such as nickel, cadmium, and arsenic, posing a significant health hazard to the surrounding communities.

For the fast-paced Phase VII of the LADWP Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program, KDC Systems provided electrical, instrumentation, and engineering services.

Our solutions helped the LADWP expand a complex supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system over a 30-square-mile area, equipping them with more than 50 controllers.

Client Objectives

The LADWP needed electrical, instrumentation, and engineering solutions as part of an overall dust mitigation program.


In addition to holding multiple workshops with the owner, KDC Systems’ comprehensive design, installation, and testing solutions included:

  • Installation of:
    • Nine main control panels
    • Small logic controllers
    • Programmable logic controllers
    • Human machine interface graphics
    • Touchscreen displays
    • 39 additional panels for instrumentation and existing panel expansions
  • Expansion of the complex SCADA system to include more than 50 programmable logic controllers
  • Development of detailed software designs, test plans, and training plans
  • Testing at our facility with all main control panels networked together to simulate field installation
  • Testing in the field on actual equipment with water to commission the system

Client Background

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving four million residents and businesses.