The Hoover Dam and Venezuela’s Electricity Crisis

By Freddy Núñez
… although great works of civil engineering can surely weather earthquakes and other natural disasters, they are no match for inept, corrupt and irresponsible governments.
Translated By Adam Zimmerman

Edited by Patri­cia Simoni

Venezuela – Tal Cual Digital – Original Article (Spanish)
The Hoover dam is located on the Nevada-Arizona border. The project was conceived just before the Great Depression; nevertheless, work on the dam began in 1931, and it was completed in 1936.
Note that it was completed in just five years. It is equipped with 17 generators that produce a maximum of 2,074 megawatts. Technically, it is classified as a concrete, arch-gravity dam.
The water impounded by the dam forms Lake Meade, which has a surface area of 639 square kilometers (250 square miles). Since then, it has served to deliver water from the Colorado River through agreements reached with the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Several of these states share desert surfaces. Hoover Dam is located within 50 kilometers of Las Vegas, and since its inauguration, has not stopped producing electricity, giving efficient service and, thus, presenting a tourist attraction that guarantees good revenue.
Today, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a magnificent example of Art Deco architecture.
You can visit the entire dam and see for yourself its efficiency, cleanliness, orderliness and elegance, which are the results of talent, discipline and civic consciousness.

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