Water to return to Augusta Canal

After a final round of debris removal later this week, water will begin flowing back into the Augusta Canal on Friday, officials said today.

“At this point, and we’re still watching the weather, we are scheduled to start refilling at the end of the week,” said Drew Goins, acting director of the Augusta Utilities Department.

The gradual refilling will take seven to 10 days, meaning the waterway should be operating normally by April 27.

The canal was drained Feb. 1 to allow contractors to dismantle part of the canal bank to install new waterlines that will serve the city pumping station and drinking water plant on Highland Avenue.

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