Water-use restrictions in place at Ellsworth Air Force Base

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Problems at the Rapid City Water Metering Facility forced Ellsworth Air Force Base to put restrictions in place.

The problem stems from what the base calls a catastrophic failure at the metering facility on Saturday, making the plant inoperable. The metering facility is the plant that supplies the base with its water.

The 28th Bomb Wing responded to the situation by entering stage one of its water demand reduction plan, causing a complete stoppage of watering lawns, car washes, motor pool car washes, aircraft washing and swimming pool makeup water.

The base says the restrictions are in place until the city can restore water service.

Rapid City Spokesman Darrell Shoemaker reports that crews from both the city and Box Elder have initiated connection to maintain water service to Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Rapid City and Box Elder water services are not impacted by the failure at the metering facility.

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