Box Elder residents without water Monday night due to water main failure

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Residents of Box Elder were without running water late Monday night due to a water leak in the area north of Highway 1416 to 225th Avenue, and between North Ellsworth Road and 150th Avenue.

The failure occurred at the intersection of Tower Road and Don Williams Drive where an underground failure of a 10 inch diameter water main caused an interruption of water service for approximately 1300 residents in the area.

The Box Elder Public Works Department worked through the night to complete repairs. Water service to all affected was restored by early afternoon Tuesday.

Officials say residents may notice air bubbles in the water, or the water may appear cloudy due to air and minerals. It is advised to let the faucets run until the water clears.

The cause of the water main failure is under investigation, and it appears to be related to the routine geological shifting of soils around the underground water pipe.

“Although environmental issues can impact water service and cause occasional failures, we are encouraged that our infrastructure upgrades have provided improved reliability and increased capacity for our residents,” said City of Box Elder Public Information Officer Matt Conner.

Box Elder has had continual improvements made to the water and sewer systems over the years. These improvements are meant to reduce the severity and frequency of service interruptions.

A total of four water line breaks have been experienced in Box Elder thus far in 2022.

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