If you held off on laundry or took shorter showers this weekend, the city of Sioux Falls would like to thank you!
On Friday, officials sent out a request for everyone to use less water through Saturday night due to heavy rain.The city is taking action so it doesn’t happen in the future.
“Our customers did a great job and we appreciate them for using less water and maybe taking a day off from laundry, or maybe a shorter shower on Saturday,” said Trent Lubbers, Utility Operations Administrator.
Last week, southeast KELOLAND saw a lot of rain. In fact, our weather team says we saw record breaking amounts!
Thanks to your efforts to cut back, the waste water facility in Sioux Falls was able to keep up.
You may be wondering, how does the rain impact the same facility where my waste water goes?
“The ground gets saturated like it is, and there are manholes in the streets, streets become flooded. All those things provide sources where there’s a crack or seam in the system for that to get into the system and provide flow that’s not supposed to be there,” said Lubbers.
1,000 miles of pipes in Sioux Falls lead to the wastewater facility on the northeast side of town. With so much rain water seeping into the system, the abundance of water is still an issue to keep an eye on.
“Flows are still high. We were at about 44 Million gallons per day on Friday when we made the request, and we’re still down around 30. Which is 10 more than what we would usually see this time of day, but it’s 14 less than what we saw going into the weekend,” Lubbers said.
Lubbers says those are numbers they can live with.
The city is working on a new flow equalization basin.This will hold 20 million more gallons of water, which should help out in events like this past week.That project should be done in 2020.