Urgent water restrictions in Box Elder

Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 9:42 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Box Elder implemented water restrictions for residents living north of Interstate 90. Homeowners affected are required to avoid lawn watering, car washes, and running swimming pools to make-up water.

The restrictions come after the Rapid City Water Department experienced a failure at one of its metering facilities. The damaged line is responsible for supplying water to Ellsworth Air Force Base.

“I believe by early next week our intention is to have the break fixed and have the full supply back online,” Rapid City Public Works Director Dale Tech, said.

As the facility undergoes repairs the City of Box Elder started to flow water into the base from its east side water connection, causing an increase in demand and a reduced volume in their system.

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