Augusta Canal being refilled after pipe project

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Augusta Canal, which has been drained
since Jan. 27 to allow workers to install new pipes to the city's
drinking water plant, is being refilled.

Drew Goins, acting director of the Augusta Utilities Department,
said heavy equipment was being used to remove temporary dams above and below the construction site.

He says the rewatering process will take seven to 10 days to complete.

With the dams removed, water from three creeks can flow through
the canal. Workers are expected to begin manipulating canal gates
at each end of the waterway later in the week to add water to the

The 8 1/2-mile waterway was built in 1845 to harness the water
and power of the Savannah River and is now a popular recreation

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