Roosevelt Lake water to refill Tempe Town Lake

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After dam repairs are finished, the now-empty Tempe Town Lake will be filled from water from Roosevelt Lake northeast of the Phoenix area.

The cost of refilling the 977-million-gallon Tempe Town Lake, which emptied after the dam burst July 20, will be just under $50,000.

That amount is based on the Salt River Project's water transportation charge of $16.77 per acre-foot. There is no charge for the actual water.

Because Tempe has joined in funding modifications to the Roosevelt Dam in the mid-1990s, the city now gets 5 percent of the water stored in the dam's additional capacity.

Three of the four bladders that make up Tempe Town Lake were set to be lowered into place Thursday morning, but damp conditions from monsoon storms will delay the installation. The fourth bladder is set to arrive in October. The City of Tempe said this will not delay the November 1 date for re-opening Tempe Town Lake.