The final death toll is estimated to be near 600 of which at least 108 were minors. In 1906 the Los Angeles Board of Water Commissioners voted to undertake the aqueduct project on the recommendation of Mulholland and decided to use the Department's own resources to purchase Fred Eaton's land and water rights options. ; emptying its victims and debris into the Pacific Ocean near Montalvo 54 miles (87 km) from the reservoir and dam site.
William Mulholland (September 11 1855 – July 22 1935) was the head of a predecessor department to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In March 1928 his career ended when the St. The creation and operation of the aqueduct led to the disputes known as the California Water Wars.