Augusta's water situation is not good.
But it is better now than it has been and the light at the end of the tunnel is visible.
The planning stages of the project that would keep the city lake full by diverting water from the Walnut river nine months a year have begun. Also, the sales tax to fund that project and a new, larger water line to El Dorado Lake is being collected.
A cooler, wetter spring also has put the city in a much better position than last year.
Santa Fe Lake is full and the City Lake is showing signs of holding sufficient water to be used to supplement the water Augusta receives from El Dorado each day.
The city is also using far less water due to the favorable water conditions and the restrictions that are in place.
Last year, the city used more than 60 million gallons between May 1-29. This year, that total was more than 28% less as the city used only 43 million gallons.
The City of Mulvane – Augusta's biggest retail water customer – is also using less water than they did in 2012 and they have plans to build their own water treatment plant and put their wells back online to ensure that they don't use more than the 200 million gallons their contract with Augusta allows in a given year.