The East Maui Irrigation System is Hawaii's most dramatic water story. It began with the construction of the Old Hamakua Ditch built between 1876 and 1878. This privately financed, constructed and managed irrigation system was one of the largest in the United States. It eventually included 50 miles of tunnels; 24 miles of open ditches, inverted siphons and flumes; incorporates approximately 400 intakes and 8 reservoirs.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1876-1923East MauiState: HICountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/East-Maui-Irrigation-System/Creator: Henry Perrine Baldwin
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Will Scullin (CC BY 2.0)Era_date_from: 1876