From yesterday’s newspaper, a slightly sheepish ode to my fascination with really, really big water engineering projects (sub/ad req.):
From the time I first toured Hoover Dam as a kid — “enough concrete to pave a strip 16 feet wide and 8 inches thick from San Francisco to New York,” as the Bureau of Reclamation likes to point out — I have been a sucker for society’s big plumbing projects.
In New Mexico, the plumbing doesn’t get any bigger than the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s new San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project. With a price tag of $390 million, the project is arguably the largest public works project in New Mexico history.