This day 107 years – 5 November 1913 – William Mulholland declared, “There it is. Take it,” as water emerged from the Los Angeles Aqueduct for the first time.
Born in Belfast and educated by the Christian Brothers in Dublin, Mulholland supervised the building of the aqueduct. pic.twitter.com/dMVPBe1SIZ
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Controversial, brilliant self-taught civil engineer and loose inspiration for the Hollis Mulwray character in river-siphoning classic Chinatown (1972).
According to historian William L. Kahrl :
The harshest judgement of Mulholland’s actions lay in the damage he had done to the principle of public water development. More than any other individual, William Mulholland, through the building of the aqueduct and the formation of the Metropolitan Water District, established the principle of public ownership of water indelibly on California’s history.