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January 18, 2022

Hidden Hydraulics at the Dam

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In Part 2 of the series Hidden Hydraulics at the Dam the basic (and massive) pipe manifold that channels water to the Boston Metropolitan area through the Wachusett Aqueduct and also runs the hydroelectric power turbine-generators is examined. As ever, the high velocity and pressure of the water must do its work and still return to the river smoothly and quietly.

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