Water crib

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Water cribs are offshore structures that collect water from close to the bottom of a lake to supply a pumping station onshore. The name crib is derived from the function of the structure—to surround and protect the intake shaft. Cities supplied with drinking water collected by water cribs include Chicago, Illinois;[1] Cleveland, Ohio;[2] Buffalo, New York;[3] Oregon, Ohio;[4] Toledo, Ohio;[5] and Monroe County, Michigan.[6]


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  2. ^ "Walking on Cleveland water crib that pumps millions of gallons to city and suburbs". 10News. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
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  4. ^ "Water Plant | City of Oregon, Ohio". www.oregonohio.org. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  5. ^ "EcoTrack 11: Where does our drinking water come from?". www.wtol.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Ice jam clogs intakes, cuts off Monroe water - The Blade". www.toledoblade.com. Retrieved 2016-06-12.