Emergency Water Restrictions - Update from WRLJ

Update: Emergency Mni Wiconi Pipeline Repair – June 29, 2021 – 8:30 pm CT:

Crews were unable to make pipeline repairs today. The pipeline leak is not located at the same spot where the water was surfacing. The crew is backfilling the excavated pipeline, and the Bureau of Reclamation and the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System will coordinate another time to attempt repairs.

From the information we have received, the Mni Wiconi water treatment plant and core pipeline system will be turned back on later tonight after the pipeline is sufficiently backfilled. Although the pipe in Ft. Pierre will still be leaking, the system will be turned back on until the next scheduled repair.

The areas that will be experiencing the most significant service interruptions include the rural areas in Lyman County, eastern Jones County, southern Stanley County, and the towns of Draper, Vivian and Reliance. Although water is likely to be turned back on tonight in Ft. Pierre, it will take several hours for the pipelines and reservoirs to recover. We hope that water is restored to everyone in these impacted areas by tomorrow morning.

Once water is restored to everyone, it will take another couple of additional days to completely fill the storage reservoirs. It will be important for everyone to continue to conserve water and follow the emergency water restriction notice for the next several days.

Again, we would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and your help in conserving water!