There would have only been enough water to support a city of 250,000. Mayor Fred Eaton had larger plans and enlisted his buddy William Mulholland to find the water. He didn’t even need a divining rod to do it. The Owens Valley had the water he wanted. To paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian; What did the Romans ever give us? The aqueduct! By golly the aqueducts were built draining the Owens Valley, but giving L.A. a chance to grow. See the movie Chinatown for a fictionalized version of the California Water Wars.
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