Rx for Drought: Pumping Plant to the Rescue

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 6, Pg. 95-97

Document Type: Feature article


Designed and built by the East Bay Municipal District, the pumping plant built last year at Middle River, Calif. was not unusual in design. What was unusual was the speed with which it was designed and on-line: seven months where normally two years is needed. The plant was needed to pump water from one part of the state to watershort Marin County, north of San Francisco. Begun in February, 1977, the plant was ready for operation by September 1, 1977. Engineers were taken from other assignments and worked on the design of the plant. First construction couldn't wait for the entire design, keeping engineers hard pressed to keep ahead of the contractor. Materials used in construction had been destined for other projects but were diverted to the Middle River for the emergency.

Subject Headings: Pumping stations | Droughts | Hydraulic design | Rivers and streams | Construction materials | Bays | Local government | Pumps

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