Water line break fixedDickinson area residents are expected to be able to use water as usual today, since a Southwest Water Authority waterline was repaired Friday.
Dickinson area residents are expected to be able to use water as usual today, since a Southwest Water Authority waterline was repaired Friday.
“The repair is complete and the water treatment plant is starting to treat water,” said Lee Messer, SWA water distribution manager. “It’s going to take a little while for them to replenish the reservoir and everything, but the repair is complete.”
Aaron Meyer, Dickinson Information Technology Coordinator, sent a press release Thursday asking all SWA area customers to conserve water Thursday and Friday.
A waterline feeding a Dickinson area SWA treatment plant from Lake Sakakawea broke Thursday after moist conditions caused the ground to shift, Messer said.
“It actually started leaking on Aug. 3,” Messer said. “It hadn’t been at an uncontrollable rate. We had been able to continue to operate as normal until (Thursday) afternoon, when it completely went loose.”
The line wasn’t fixed sooner because SWA hadn’t been able to secure an excavation contractor, Messer said.
The break was on the east edge of Dickinson, he added.
“We’re always nervous when we have to shut things down and ask people to conserve, but it looks like we made it through OK,” Messer said.
Jeff Brezden, city water utilities manager, said the break didn’t cause any issues.