For Augusta's Utilities Department department, this is a problem that is continuing to add up.
It's been a tough time for the department.
Complaints of stinky water continue, though efforts are taking care of the smell are working.
And a temp employee working on a department construction project allegedly made off with 86 thousand dollars by presenting phony time slips but the most costly concern is still on going.
Since the first of September a problem with a gear box on the main turbine has forced the department to crank up it's back-up diesel pump to draw water out of the canal and get it to the filter plant.
The repairs are still two to three weeks away.
And every day the department is being forced to rely on diesel power adds up to a whole lot of money.
"They're very expensive to run, each engine costs about ten thousand dollars a day so it's costing us a lot of money to run during this time," says Utilities Department Director Tom Wiedmeier.
Diesel costs alone could top a half million dollars before repairs are made.
Commissioners will vote next week to spend 95 thousand dollars on a spare gear box in the event something like this happens again.
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