21/08/2009

The World's Largest Water Pump at New Orleans

 The U.S. Army Corp's of Engineer's are building a $500 million pumping station to protect New Orleans from fierce 16-foot storm surges that hit New Orleans once in 100 years.

 

The $500-million station—the newest installment of a $14-billion federal project to fortify the Big Easy will mount a two-point defense.

 

First, operators will shut the 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-wide metal gates to block the surge. Then they will fire up the world's largest pump, which pulls 150,000 gallons of floodwater per second. What is more, unlike the city's notorious levees, the WCC will not break when residents need it most.