Mucky water returns to homes on Northview Drive
August 19. 2014 12:18PM
Frustrated residents were back at City Hall this month with more complaints about discolored water at their northeast Dell Rapids homes.
Public works employees and a special committee formed by Mayor Scott Fiegen labored for months to find the source and a solution for the cloudy, rust-colored water residents on Northview Drive starting complaining about last winter.
During the 15th Street construction project in 2013, a new water line was tied into the Northview Drive main, which was previously capped south of Dell Rapids High School.
In January, city administrator Justin Weiland said when the new line was connected, sediment stirred up, causing the water to appear cloudy.
In December, the Dell Rapids City Council voted to replace the Northview Drive water line, but rescinded the decision two weeks later in favor of more investigating. The council promised residents the line would be replaced if their water didn’t clear up by April. It did, so the council opted against replacing the water line during its regular meeting April 7.
But now, the discolored water is back, and with it is another round of complaints from effected homeowners, including Alderman Dave Sommerfeld.
Sommerfeld and several of his neighbors were at City Hall earlier this month expressing their disgust with the tap water at their homes.
“Not only is this effecting washing clothes and drinking water, but if you don’t have a filter system, this is also going into your softener and your water heater,” Sommerfeld said Aug. 4. “We would like it on the agenda for replacement in 2015.”
The earliest the main along Northview Drive and a one block section of 11th Street could be replaced is spring 2015 if the council decides to pursue the project during budget proceeding this month, Weiland said.
“We know we need to start somewhere and this seems to be the area where we’re having the most issues,” he said. “We’ll continue maintenance, continue flushing with the hopes that it’s placed within the 2015 budget for replacement.”
Because the sewer system in the area is also nearing its life expectancy, it’s likely that both water and sewer would be updated if replacement occurs.