Rapid City Regional airport addresses wastewater concerns

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Regional Airport addressed recent concerns about its wastewater. The airport uses an approved open-air lagoon to contain its wastewater but the abnormally wet year we’ve endured has raised the lagoon to historic levels.

Airport Director Patrick Dame says they’re working with the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources to find a solution.

 “Again this is a process that in 55-years we’ve not had this level of a lagoon so you know the added moisture, the lack of sunlight to evaporate –typically this lagoon has kept up and should remain to keep up but we’ve had historic moisture levels,” said Dame. 

According to Dame DENR told the airport back in 2017 that it needed to replace the lagoon.

In the meantime, the airport has pumped wastewater out of the lagoon, treated what’s still in there with lime, and had the water tested. They expect the test results later this week.

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