The line that brings water from Santa Fe Lake to Augusta broke during recent high water conditions in the Whitewater River.
Because of the location of the break, the repairs to the line could cost the city up to $250,000.
Interim City Manager Josh Shaw said the city could potentially benefit federal aide due to the extensive damage in the county from flood waters. The break in the line was apparently caused by those same conditions.
The city council considered running the line along the Highway 54 bridge over the river, but that idea would likely slow down the project leave many potential problems.
The best idea, according to City Engineer Larry Henry with MKEC, is to bore under the river.
Even though the city has only needed more than 2.5 million gallons on a couple of days this year, Santa Fe Lake is an important part of Augusta’s water picture.
The city can pull about 2.5 million gallons per day from El Dorado Lake and the City Lake is now almost full and will be added back to the water delivery system soon.
However, a break in the main line from El Dorado would make Santa Fe Lake invaluable to maintaining the water supply.
“It is a great comfort to the city and our operators to have alternate sites to supply water,” said water department director Russell Still.
The governing body directed Shaw to begin the process of finding funding for the repairs so that the five-month project could begin as soon as possible.