Belle Fourche water line in need of emergency replacement

The Springs water line in Belle Fourche has broken four times in the last two weeks, prodding the city council to consider an emergency replacement. Pioneer photo by Lacey Peterson

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BELLE FOURCHE –– An approximate one-half mile of Belle Fourche water line, called the Spring Line, has caused a number of issues in recent weeks, causing the city to consider an emergency replacement.

“We have a section down there that has broke in the last two weeks four times,” Steve Nafus, interim city engineer said Monday, adding that the section was repaired twice in 2018, and 11 times in the last 16 years. “It’s getting to the point that we want to declare this an emergency and get it done as soon as possible.”

The line is located approximately nine miles south of Belle Fourche, about 70 feet north of Old Belle Road at the bottom of Redwater hill.

Nafus said the council will need to call a special meeting to consider the approval of a resolution that would declare an emergency and allow the city to fix the issues as soon as possible.

“We do have money in this year’s budget for engineering which may or may not cover the cost of … about half-mile line that we’ve had a history of problems with,” he said.

Mayor Gloria Landphere told the council that declaring an emergency would require a unanimous vote to approve and pass the resolution. She said she’d be scheduling a special meeting as soon as can be coordinated with all the parties involved.

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