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Progress made fixing canal breach near Bouse

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Crews began pouring concrete Wednesday to replace failed panels at a Central Arizona Project breach site near Bouse.

CAP employees have been around the clock with contract help to get the system back into operation, said CAP spokesman Bob Barrett.

The problem was initially noticed last month, when water operators monitoring the water deliveries noticed a drop of about one foot in that section of the system. State Route 72 was closed for a time in the wake of the breach so crews could clear dirt and rocks fro the highway.

All pumping from the Colorado River was stopped.

CAP continued to make normal deliveries to its customers from water it has stored in Lake Pleasant, Barrett said. 

The current projection is that all concrete work will be completed this weekend, Barrett said. The concrete will cure for three days and then about 2.5 feet of water will be let into Pool 1 on Oct. 19. The schedule calls for increasing the depth over a two-week period.

CAP will be able to resume deliveries on day three, Oct. 22, when the depth of the water is 5 1/2 feet. By Nov. 1, the water will be the normal 16 1/2 feet deep and the flow will be 3,000 cubic feet per second, according to Barrett.

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