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City’s well No. 6 goes down; watch for rust-colored water today, Wednesday
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 21. 2014 9:51AM
In late December, a leak was discovered in city well No. 6, the city’s main well, located behind the Aspen Park ball fields. According to the Rollie Hoeke, director of public works, a temporary fix has been in place until today, when replacement equipment is being installed. Hoeke said the repairs could last through Wednesday.

Well No. 6, which typically produces 2,000 gallons per minute, will be shut down up to two days, Hoeke said. Wells No. 1 and 3 will then be turned on, but together, they produce an estimated 1,000 gallons per minute.

Turning on well Nos. 1 and 3 will create rust-colored water. Hoeke said it could take up to a week to clear, depending on how much water is used. Although the two wells have half the production capabilities as well No. 6, Hoeke said the breakdown came at a good time.

“It’s a good time for us to fix this because less water is being used,” he said.

Had it been during the summer months, water restrictions would be mandated.

Although the rusty-colored water is safe for drinking and bathing, Hoeke said “it’s aesthetically unappealing.” He also cautions residents about washing whites until the water clears.

“People should hold off on washing whites, as it will affect that,” he said.

Hoeke said residents will be notified of the rusty-colored water on Sioux Falls television stations and on Alliance’s cable channel 18 and digital channel 21.

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