Workers have begun the gradual process of refilling the Augusta Canal, which has been drained since Jan. 27 to allow workers to install new pipes linking the Waterworks Pumping Station with the city's drinking water plant on Highland Avenue.
Drew Goins, the acting director of the Augusta Utilities Department, said heavy equipment was being used to remove temporary dams above and below the construction site as a first step in a re-watering process that will take seven to 10 days to complete.
When an earthen embankment stays dry for a long time, you want to re-hydrate it very slowly, he said. We want the banks to gradually get hydrated again.
Todays activities will allow water from three creeks Reed, Rock and Raes to flow throughout the entire canal. Depending on that level of flow, workers will begin manipulating canal gates at each end of the waterway later in the week to add more water to the channel.