Tempe Town Lake to be emptied by March 15

Posted at 11:50 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 13:50:41-05

The level of Tempe Town Lake is going down, down, down but it'll be another week or two before all the water is gone.

The 16-year-old manmade lake along the Salt River is being emptied in order to replace its current dam.

Emptying the lake began in mid-February, and city spokeswoman Kris Baxter-Ging says workers estimate all the water will be gone by March 15.

The lake is being emptied by pumping the water into an irrigation-water canal system.

Once the lake is empty, workers will remove the old dam that uses giant rubber bladders to hold back the lake's water.

Construction of the new steel-and-concrete dam at the lake's west end is nearly complete.

The city's timetable calls for refilling the lake by April 30.