- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The reopening of Tempe Town Lake will be delayed for up to two weeks for more testing of a new hydraulic dam.

The man-made lake was drained in March in order to replace the dam at the west end.

The inflatable rubber dam system was upgraded with a hydraulically operated steel gate dam.

Officials say the new dam will be more cost-effective, dependable and last for at least 50 years.

Over the past two weeks, the lake has been refilled with about 880 million gallons of water.

City officials originally estimated that the lake would reopen this Saturday.

But they now say water-bearing testing has to be done and the lake could reopen in about two weeks.


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