Archive - Aug 16, 2012 - News Article
Valley City City Administrator David Schelkoph said Thursday that contrary to rumors, the city's water supply is not in danger of contamination, nor is there the possibility of the sewer system backing up.
The problem, Schelkoph said, is with the master lift station, and reducing pressure on the sewer system.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) Here we go again! Valley City officials are asking for residents to curtail their water usage until further notice due to repairs being made on the cities master lift station.
Mayor Bob Werkhoven says residents downstream should not use the Sheyenne River being raw sewage is being pumped into the river.
North Dakota is expected to see an end to the fish kills that have plagued the Midwest this summer.
Scott Gangl of the State Game and Fish department said North Dakota had nearly a dozen fish kills this year, with the largest being on the James River near LaMoure.
â€śIt was really shallow and it warmed up to the point where it was killing northern pike, just by the heat alone,â€ť he said. â€śTheyâ€™re a cool-water fish and the temperatures got too extreme for them.â€ť
In late January 2012, in a below zero day with strong northwest winds, four people from Valley City traveled to Ray, North Dakota to obtain Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods for the Open Door Center. The purpose of the trip was to secure real work for people with disabilities through the production of the products of Thunderbird Gourmet Foods. Because the Open Door Center believes that work is the best social program.
Valley Cityâ€™s upgraded water treatment plant will eliminate sulfates from the cityâ€™s drinking water, but state officials are still monitoring aquatic life in the Sheyenne River.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently suspended the sulfate limits in the Sheyenne River to allow the newly constructed Devils Lake East-End Outlet to operate, draining high sulfate water into the Sheyenne River. Devils Lake has grown from approximately 44,000 acres in the early 1990s to over 200,000 acres over the past two decades.
Gov. Jack Dalyrmple joined state and local officials Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of Valley Cityâ€™s new water treatment plant, which Dalrymple says produces the finest drinking water in North Dakota. The dedication was part of the â€śSites Along the Sheyenneâ€ť tour, which explained why the Sheyenne River is part of the discussion on the Devils Lake crisis, hosted by the North Dakota Water Education Foundation.