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Four bladders can be lowered or raised quickly by adjusting air pressure. This is the current system in place at Tempe Town Lake.
The city of Tempe is another step closer to approving a plan that again will replace the dam for Tempe Town Lake, an attraction the city touts as one of the top tourist destinations in the Grand Canyon state.
After studying roughly 20 alternatives to the problematic rubber dams at Tempe Town Lake, experts are suggesting the best option may just be for the city to stick with what it’s got.
Tempe may ditch the inflatable rubber dams that have turned a portion of the otherwise dry Salt River into Tempe Town Lake.
A section of the faulty inflatable dam at Tempe Town Lake. Crews have to remove thousands of bolts that hold the pieces in place and then cut the rubber dam into pieces.
A section of the inflatable dam that burst at Tempe Town Lake. Crews have to remove thousands of bolts that hold the pieces in place and then cut the rubber dam into pieces.
An uninflated rubber bladder is put into place, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in Tempe.
Tempe's quest for a better dam at its Town Lake involves much more than just finding a way to hold water.
Rubberized dams at Tempe Town Lake
This is one of two rubber dams that hold water in Tempe Town Lake. The dams are wearing out.
A huge crane is removing the remaining sections of the rubber dam that once held back Tempe Town Lake.
PREMATURE AGING: The rubber dams at Tempe Town Lake, manufactured by Bridgestone, are showing signs of deterioration — they were supposed to last at least 25 years.
An investigation into what caused a break at the Tempe Town Lake dam has revealed the rubberized dam was working properly up until the minute it failed.
The East Valley's man-made lake will likely lose two-thirds to three-fourths of its water after a rubberized dam burst and sent thousands of gallons of water gushing downstream into a dry river bed, authorities said.
Tempe is turning to an engineering consultant to determine what kind of dam is best to replace the current inflatable rubber bladders on Tempe Town Lake.
Three new rubber dam sections will be lowered into place by a crane on Thursday as Tempe works to restore the empty Town Lake.
Tempe doesn't have the money to replace the aged rubber dams that bookend Town Lake, and even if the city was flush with cash it doesn't know where to buy them.
Much like tires that wore out faster than they were supposed to, the rubber dams on Tempe Town Lake are aging faster than promised.