The Central Arizona Project (CAP) is a 336 mi (541 km) diversion canal in Arizona in the United States. The aqueduct diverts water from the Colorado River from Lake Havasu City near Parker into central and southern Arizona. The CAP is the largest and most expensive aqueduct system ever constructed in the United States. And it is the single biggest consumer of energy in the whole state. Without it Phoenix would not have been able to grow to its current size of 1,5 million residents.
`Welcome to the hottest city in the western hemisphere`, says Doyle Wilson, the water manager of Lake Havasu City, in the airconditioned city hall of his home town. It`s August, it`s 9 am, and it`s already soaring hot. `In 1994 we had a record temperature of 128 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes 53 degrees Celsius`, Wilson tells proudly, while we’re walking to his office. Record temperatures or not: people keep on coming to Lake Havasu, a pensioners water paradise in the US state of Arizona, about a three hours´ drive south of Las Vegas. `We get more and more snowbirds, that`s how we call the pensioners. Many of them fly in through Las Vegas from Canada`, says Wilson.
“Lake Havasu City residents are dancing on a volcano”
Lake Havasu City – The further south we get, the weirder the Colorado River and its accompanying lakes seem to get. Take Lake Havasu City. According to the city’s very knowledgeable water manager Doyle Wilson, this is `the hottest city in the western hemisphere (128 degrees Fahrenheit in 1994, or 53 degrees Celsius!).