PitWatch Issue Volume 4, Number 2
Pit Facts Comparison
Compare Pit elevations to those of…
the Belmont Senior Center at 5,605 feet above sea level;
East Middle School at 5,517 feet;
the Butte Airport at 5,525 feet;
the County Courthouse at 5,755 feet.
Compare the depth of Pit water to the height of…
the Anaconda smelter stack at 585 feet;
Seattle’s Space Needle at 605 feet;
Timber Butte which rises 834 feet above the Municipal Golf Course.
Compare the volume of water in the Pit to…
5 ½ Silver Lakes;
83 Basin Creek Reservoirs;
78,000 Stodden Park pools.
Pit Facts At A Glance
Current Water Level: 5,175 feet above sea level
Average Rate of Rise: About 1 foot per month
Critical Water Level: 5,410 feet above sea level
Rim of Pit at Lowest Point: 5,509 feet above sea level
Number of years before water hits Critical Level: (approximate) 21 years
Depth of Water: 702 feet (plus about 200 feet of sediment at the bottom)
Volume of Water: About 30 billion gallons