Monday, March 14, 2005
Lake Mead, part of the Colorado River system flows south to the site of the dam. Pictured here are the intake towers on the Arizona side. There are also two on the Nevada side. The water flows into these towers, then down steel and concrete tubes to the generation house and makes the turbines turn, creating electricity. Notice the white sides of the hills. That is calcium deposits and represent where the highest level the water was at one time. This lake is down quite a bit from normal height due to drought conditions and the rapid expansion of Las Vegas - over 5,000 people a month! The city is thinking of putting some sort of construction limits on to help ease the situation.