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Spectacular Water Release at Hoover Dam

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(Feb. 27) -- Channel 8 Eyewitness News received a lot calls after showing the massive water release at Hoover Dam Friday. Many of you wanted to know how something like this could happen while we suffer the worst drought in history. It turns out the water release did not affect water levels at Lake Mead or the lake's water supply.

The Bureau of Reclamation tells us the same amount of water would have been released from the dam even without the test. The bureau says they need to do tests like this every so often to ensure that the tie rods in the upper penstock of the dam are strong.

(Feb. 26) -- Chopper 8 flew over Hoover Dam Thursday afternoon to show us a spectacular sight -- a routine water release. The Bureau of Reclamation released the water as part of a routine test of key parts of the large pipes that supply water to the turbines.

The water flowed for about 30 minutes 100 feet above the Colorado River. The water sped through gates at 120 feet per second -- that's about 83 miles-per-hour.

Thursday's release doesn't do much to the water level at Lake Mead, the lake level is still dropping because of the drought. But Thursday night the Southern Nevada Water Authority is looking at new ways to improve the water situation in the Valley. 

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