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UPDATE: Water to be temporarily shut off for some Dickinson residents next week

Water will be shut off from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, until 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, for residents of Colonial Village near the 14th Street construction zone.

The shut-off is necessary to make repairs to a leaking valve on Sims Street, just south of 14th Street East.

Adam Ballesteros, Dickinson water manager, said the city had to wait until certain aspects of construction were done before it could fix the leaking valve. Ballesteros said the valve was old and began leaking a couple of months ago.

“Once they were up to a certain point where we were able to get in there, then that’s kind of when we pulled the trigger on (the fix),” he said. “There wasn’t a specific time to get it done because it was dependent on another activity that was out of our control.”

Ballesteros said water will be shut off at 8 a.m. to give those residents a chance to shower before work. He suggested they should also have bottled water on hand. Officials hope to only have the water off for 24 hours.

“The best case is that we’d have it on before that, but we’re just trying to allow ourselves to have enough time,” he said.

Residents just south of this project on the south side of Interstate 94 in the vicinity of Museum Drive may experience low water pressure during the valve replacement, Ballesteros said. Due to ongoing work in the area, the schedule is subject to change.

The city asks people not to park vehicles on Sims Street in that area. Access issues to the site could lead to a longer-than-anticipated outage. Vehicles, boats, RVs, trailers, etc. should not be parked on Sims. If they are not moved, they will towed at the owner’s expense, the city said.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the change of day the water will be shut off. The city said Friday morning that due to construction the day would be changed to Wednesday.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook started working as the multimedia editor for The Press in January 2016.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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