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Photos from: Backup power kept pipeline flowing

Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District

The mighty 36-foot-deep California Aqueduct at the Edmonston plant at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, carrying State Water Project water south from the High Sierras. From here, water in a pipeline to Tehachapi flows by gravity seven miles north to the first Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District pump plant, which launches the water on its journey 3,.425 feet uphill. Backup generators kept the district pumps going during recent power shutdowns. Wind-driven safety concerns during debris clearance at the turnout, however, forced the district to halt pumping for 22 hours.

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