Pumps Installed to Move Water After Reno Quake Damages Flume

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Water officials say pumps to augment Reno drinking water supplies after an earthquake damaged a water flume should be operating by the weekend.

The 12 diesel-powered pumps should be able to move up to 40 million gallons per day from the Orr Ditch to the Chalk Bluff water treatment plant, Paul Miller, operations and water quality manager for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, said Thursday.

That should be sufficient to meet peak summer demand after an April 25 earthquake destroyed a wooden flume that feeds the plant with water from the Highland Ditch, normally the plant's largest water source, Miller said.

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