Sirak Bahta, a city engineer, explains to Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula how the three new pumps work. Together they can pump 375,000 gallons per minute out of West Dallas neighborhoods – the equivalent of being able to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in less than two minutes. Total Flood Control System pumping capacity for all of the city’s pumping stations is the equivalent of filling up White Rock Lake from scratch in a single day.
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Water conservation, environmental safety and restoration, as well as education in science, technology, engineering and math, have been at the top of the state’s list of concerns in regard to the immediate and distant future of Texas. Behind the scenes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been active in engineering and implementing solutions to meet these challenges.