Problems at Augusta's water pumping station are starting to hit the city in the pocket book, as the city is now using diesel power to pump water out of the Augusta Canal to the treatment plant.
Two weeks ago, problems were found in the main turbine during a preventive maintenance check, so now it's down.
The diesel pump keeps the water flowing, but it costs the city thousands of dollars a day to run.
"We're running it about 12 hours a day to supplement the turbine we do have. It's costing us about $5,000 a day," says Augusta Utilities Department director Tom Wiedmeier.
The diesel pumps were turned on around the first of September.
"We've been doing it for a couple of weeks now and we're probably four weeks from getting the gear box back, so it's going to cost us some money," says Wiedmeier.
Wiedmeier isn't sure of the cost of preparing the gear box for the turbine, but says it was repaired two years ago, so that could impact the repair cost.
Two diesel pumps were installed four years ago on the Canal to serve as backups in cases like this as part of a $13 million addition project.
Wiedmeier says mandatory water restrictions would have been required if those pumps weren't in place.
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