The Augusta City Council did not take any action regarding changes to the city’s water restrictions Monday night.
Interim City Manager Josh Shaw said the water usage was up since the council allowed watering every day except for Wednesday and Sunday, but the increase was not a problem for the city.
“It isn’t bad that usage is up,” Shaw said. “Our revenues are down and we are having no problem meeting the demand at the water treatment plant.”
Shaw also pointed out that the city was using more water from the city lake now that it was full and the system had been tested out.
He said the city had not heard form El Dorado yet about whether they would waive the city’s “take or pay” amounts. So until they hear that the waiver is granted, the amount used from El Dorado Lake will be minimized so the city doesn’t go to far over the limits in its contract.
Shaw said another motive for using water from local sources was that the city will have to perfect its water rights soon. Those numbers from Santa Fe Lake and the City Lake need to be as high as possible to secure the largest water right possible.