Tapping A Glacier

by Dan Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 7, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


The Eklutna water project receives a 1988 Outstanding Civil Engineering Award of merit. The project—a 30 mile pipeline and treatment plant that brings glacial runoff from Eklutna lake to thirsty Anchorage—is not only a tribute to protecting the environment, it's a tribute to coping with the environment. The entire pipeline is underground, which keeps it out of sight for hikers, hunters and visitors. Moose and grizzly bears are also given uninterrupted ranging latitudes. At the same time, the project was constructed in weather as cold as -30F, through permafrost and across fault zones.

Subject Headings: Water pipelines | Awards and prizes | Runoff | Lakes | Buried pipes | Weather conditions | Permafrost | Geological faults

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