Water On For Hanson Rural Water Customers
March 16, 2010, 7:04 PM
BRIDGEWATER, SD -
Thousands of people in Hanson and McCook Counties were without water for two days after a water main broke.
When a 200,000 gallon water storage tank dropped empty in a matter of minutes Sunday, Dan Schroeder with Hanson Rural Water knew there was a problem.
"Sunday I was laying on the couch and the first phone call comes in. No water," Schroeder said.
The water main burst was quickly draining the water supply for five towns and five colonies, so they had to find the problem area fast.
"I believe the ice was jamming at the bridge and the water couldn't get through and started undermining the ground," Schroeder said.
But with the broken pipe located underneath the creek's rushing water, the fix would not be so simple.
"There's no way to fix that. You have to put in new pipe," Schroeder said.
By Monday morning, they'd lined up a fix with companies from as far away as Sioux Falls and Garretson helping with the repair. Now, 15 feet below the creek is a brand new stretch of pipe that Hanson crews put in overnight to replace the broken one.
"Finally, this morning at 5 o'clock, a majority of the people were in water," Schroeder said.
Schroeder says despite a dry few days, people were pretty good about everything.
"They understood it was an act of God and it was a tough fix," Schroeder said
And with the water pumping full blast, customers can wash their hands of the dry situation.
Schroeder estimates that more than 1,000 customers were affected by the break.
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