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Water Authority continues to dig third straw below Lake Mead

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Updated: 7/15/2013 6:02 pm
BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- As the water levels drop at Lake Mead, engineers are working to build a third intake tunnel to bring Las Vegas residents more water.

News 3 had the chance to go 450 feet underground where crews are working to create the tunnel between the new intake and the existing infrastructure.

The half-mile passageway is wet with lake water dripping in.

Eventually engineers will be able to control when and where the water will flow through behind this door.

Almost 10 years ago, the Southern Nevada Water Authority started planning to make sure our oasis in the desert doesn't dry up.

As the water level at Lake Mead continues to drop, a third intake tunnel is in works deeper below the lake to keep water flowing to the valley.

News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli has an update on the most expensive water project in Nevada history in what felt like a journey to the center of the earth

Lake Mead is picturesque with its turquoise blue water in the middle of a sandy, tan desert.

Still from one angle, there's a reminder that it's man-made with a lot of work going on below the surface.

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