Treated Water Is Close
Dry Prairie Rural Water System is nearing completion. As to how soon the area will be actually served with treated water from the Missouri, may just depend on weather. A number of things are taking place and have to happen before they can go live.
In the process of pressure testing lines Agri Industries, the contractor for the system in this area, discovered a leak in pipe that was installed by boring a 12” waterline underneath a small wetland south of Madoc. They are currently boring 500 feet of new pipe to replace any pipe that may have been somehow compromised. The bore is taking place about 8.5 miles south of Highway 5 on Mail Route Road. Hopefully this will be completed very soon as it is one of the 12” mainlines from the pump station, a couple of miles farther southwest on Rangeline Road. Disinfecting crews from Landmark, the tank contractor, were expected to arrive this week to start disinfecting the new elevated water tower near Madoc as the final steps
get near. The Leader requested a quick tour of the tank and pressure station and DPRW was receptive to the request, hooking us up with Levi Bucklin
one of two Daniels County employees of DPRW. Levi and Jake Zumbuhl are the local operators, field reps
and inspectors. They will be working out of the Scobey of-
fice once the system is up and
running. They are currently working with the contractors, getting training and learning the system from Culbertson to Scobey on the DPRW side of things. The Assiniboine Sioux Rural Water Supply System (ASRWSS) supplies the treated water from its rural system on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to the DPRW pipeline network.
Dry Prairie’s base of operations is in Culbertson with satellite offices along
DPRW manager, Joni Sherman told us, “As soon as the bore is complete and the pipeline and tank all have passing bacteria samples, we will be ready to deliverwaterto Flaxville, Scobey and 85 rural customers. Thetimingofthatis dependentuponcompletion of the 500’ bore.”
Weather could be a factor in actually being able to accept the water, even when Dry Prairie is ready to supply water to the City/town water tanks. Water tanks in the City of Scobey and Flaxville need to be dropped considerably in order to accept the treated water. The city/town tanks will be filled from the Dry
Prairie system and the city/ town systems continue to
carry water to end users in town. The rural users are on direct lines from the big Madoc elevated tank and other non-elevated tanks in the region. In order to lower city/ town tank levels fire hydrants need to be flushed. That could create problems in the cold weather creating icy streets and standing water issues.
Dry Prairie is willing to work with Scobey and Flaxville concerning when its water will be accepted, which could be next spring.
Weather and logistics, on how and which hydrants can be best used to lower tank levels, will make the final de cision. Scobey City Council was meeting earlier this week to discuss possibilities.
Scobey’s water main replacement project will not be finished until next summer. Crews are finishing up on Rail road Avenue for this season, over the next few days.
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DISINFECTING THE new 160′ tall elevated water tank near Madoc was to begin ear – ly this week in final preparations of getting Dry Prairie Rural Water ready to go on line in Daniels County. The 400,000 gallon, elevated tank will provide the pressure and reserve needed to push water to Scobey, Flaxville, Whitetail and rural subscribers. System lines range from 12″ to 2″ depending on whether they are main trunk lines or end run lines. Pressures are controllable from about 55 – 100 p.s.i.
The door at the bottom of the new tank, reminds us of an entrance to a Hobbit house. A separate control room is inside and a ladder system that climbs to several levels in the big “stem” and ultimately into the tank.
The 10″ pipe system going up into, and out of the tank is in the control room where water levels are monitored and adjusted. Above, Levi Bucklin, one of two Dan – iels County operator/field reps and inspectors for DPRW gave us a tour last week. He and the other Daniels County operator, Jake Zumbuhl will operate out of Scobey. Levi first started with Agri Industries, the pipeline contractor, when the project began and about a year ago went to work for DPRW, so he’s very familiar with the pipeline
system layout. See page 5 for more. -Leader Photos, b