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Turning down the falls ?????

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Turning down the falls ?????

I was recently told that they turn down the flow of the falls at night to conserve energy ,is this so and if so how does this effect the scenery of the falls at night.

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1. Re: Turning down the falls ?????

You don't even notice when the flow is reduced.

To a tourist, the whole concept may seem weird. Water flows through tunnels and is used to create electricity. It's my understanding they redirect more water when they can.

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2. Re: Turning down the falls ?????

At night, more water is directed up stream into the tunnels that allow the water to drop down and turn the turbines that create electricity. So they aren't conserving energy, but creating it. Locals can direct you in town where to see the large canal that carries the water around the falls, as well as the older power generation unit that is located back of a parking lot close to the falls. Years ago, one was allowed to look into that building and hear the noise of the turbines. A short children's TV movie was filmed there in which a boy was curious about this big wheel, and told not to touch it. However, he did and turned it. The result, the falls completely stopped. I am not sure how they created that illusion though.

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