To cross the Tehachapi Mountains, the SWP raises the level of water nearly 2,000 feet — "more water pumped higher than anywhere else in the world," according to Sue McClurg in Water and the Shaping of California.
South of the Tehachapi mountains the water flows into two main aqueduct branches, one going east and the other west, and connects to lines of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other contracting agencies. (Entire books have been written about the major water agencies and projects in California! The State Water Project alone supplies water to 29 agencies.)
The 444-mile long California Aqueduct is a prominent aspect of the State Water Project.