Wheeler Ridge Pump station is on the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Its the first step in the process of lifting water from the California Aqueduct vertically 2000 feet over the Tehachapi Mountains. From there it flows downhill to Los Angeles.
The California Aqueduct is a 444 mile long man made channel that carries water from northern to southern California. A typical section is concrete lined 40 feet wide with an average water depth of 30 feet.
The California Aqueduct is a key part of the Central Valley Water Project which supplies the water needs of twenty million Californians and more than six hundred thousand irrigated acres of farmland.
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