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  • Oct 15, 2021

You may or may not know but Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe has a new show out called "How America Works."

On October 11th he narrated an episode on the Hoover Dam, which I found just fascinating.  He follows several workers throughout the episode having them share how they make sure that everything from the generators to facility maintenance stays on track. Work that is vital to help ensure the facility can meet the peak power demand of the southwest during the summer months. 

What I liked about this episode, minus some of the claustrophobic spaces some of their crew have to work in,  is that it focuses on the day-to-day technicians that keep the "cogs" running so to speak.  The trade skills folks that are much needed in the utility industry.  

I thought this community might enjoy watching! 

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 15, 2021

Thanks Audra, will check it out.

Don't know how recently the footage was shot, but Hoover Dam has recently been in the news: with record low water levels, it's uncertain how long it can continue to generate any electricity at all.

Hoover Dam reservoir at record low water levels, raising concerns about hydroelectric power bound for SoCal

"Amid a prolonged drought in the West, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam sunk to its lowest level ever last month — and that’s raising concerns about reduced output from the dam’s hydroelectric plant, which sends more than half its power to Southern California.

Stationed on the main stem of the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert along the Arizona-Nevada border, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas, Lake Mead was formed in the 1930s from the damming of the Colorado River. It’s the largest reservoir by volume in the United States. It not only provides water across the Southwest but also generates electricity at one of the largest hydroelectric plants in the nation."

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Audra Drazga on Oct 18, 2021

I have heard about the low water levels but did not realize they were at record lows.  This could perhaps mean more problems for California next summer especially as they are pushing heavily to get rid of natural gas, coal, and nuclear. 

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