What is McMicken Dam?
The McMicken Dam is an earthen dam approximately 10 miles long and 34 feet high, located within the city of Surprise, between Peoria Avenue and Happy Valley Road. The McMicken Dam Project was originally constructed to protect Luke Air Force Base and surrounding agricultural lands from flooding.

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Q: Will the Backflow Tester be able to tell the difference between the reclaimed water devices and the potable water devices?
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