The last major piece of Augusta’s water system improvements is almost in place.
Crews are finishing up work on the new turbine and pump intake going in at the raw water pumping station on the canal.
This $19 million dollar project will allow the city to send up to 50 million gallons of water a day to the treatment plant.
Testing will start next week, and then the new turbine and pump will go into service.
“This takes away all our concerns about delivering raw water. I mean this is, like I said, this will take care of Augusta for decades,” says Utilities Department Director Tom Wiedmeier,
It wasn’t cheap.
“It was not cheap, no,” he agreed.
The project also includes new office space for the pumping station. And for the walkers and bikers using the canal trail, new climate controlled bathrooms.
Those bathrooms should open sometime next month.