In terms of capital works projects, the cup of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is running over. Quite apart from the massive task it faces in completing the Eastside reservoir, there is also the inland feeder project under construction.
Once the system is up and running the inland feeder is due to start operation in 2004 it will come into its own during the winter months. At times when the states northern rivers are at full flow, the MWD wants to move large volumes of water down to reservoirs such as Eastside, to be stored for later use.
A total of 70km long, the system will be a string of large diameter pipes and tunnels capable of delivering 3,000M litres per day.
Tunnels will be built at four sections of the supply line, through mountainous areas and under the Santa Ana river; they will be 3.7m in diameter and make up 30km of the total length.