WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Watertown's hydroelectric plant will be temporarily shutting down for system repairs.

Crews at the power plant will be cleaning the machinery, fixing a broken device and resurfacing all three turbines.

The project is expected to cost the city more than $600,000. 

Due to the hot and dry weather, the power plant isn't generating much money, so the repairs come at a convenient time.

“If we want these to keep running efficiently and be running every single day 24/7, then now is the time that we get the repairs that are needed so that the plant will not fail us in the future,” said Lisa Ruggiero, Watertown council member.

Construction will begin next week and will continue through September.