By Miriam Raftery
July 17, 2014 (San Vicente) - The tallest dam raising in the United States is now complete.
On Wednesday, the San Diego County Water Authority held a dedication ceremony for the new dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.
The new dam is 337 feet high – an increase of 117 feet over its original height. The project took three years and cost $416 million to complete.
The added water in the reservoir will be able to supply 300,000 homes each year—and provide San Diego County with extra water in case of emergency.
But not just yet—it will take an estimated two to five years for the reservoir to refill to its new level, depending on rainfall and availability of imported water, as well as how much water area residents consume.
The lake remains closed to recreational use until the water levels rises to the height of a newly installed boat ramp.