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Crews are testing repairs to a sewage pipe in south Bismarck that has forced homeowners to cut down their water use.
The corroded pipe broke Wednesday. City spokeswoman Gloria David said Thursday the break has been repaired. City workers are flushing clean water through the pipe to see whether it will hold up.
The city of Jamestown is advising residents in the west-central area of the city to continue to plug all basement floor drains and basement fixtures, and to now begin using extreme diligence in monitoring for possible sanitary sewer backups.
Local officials say the continued combined releases of 1,800 cubic feet per second will continue to place strains on the city’s sanitary and storm sewer systems. It is also requiring a higher level of management.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a water release plan Wednesday that includes 1,800 cfs releases through mid-to-late October. In previous years, releases of that level commonly ended no later than June.
Jamestown residents are being asked to limit the amount of water entering the sanitary sewer system in an effort to avoid having to discharge sewage directly into the James River. Discharging sewage into the river would be a violation of North Dakota law.
The Jamestown city engineer is asking all residents to conserve water that enters the sewer system, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
The June 26 rain has severely loaded an already stressed portion of the sanitary sewer system. This is affecting about 35 to 40 percent of the system in all quadrants of the city.
A combination of several circumstances led to a high level of sewage that caused backups into five homes on May 7, according to Reed Schwartzkopf, Jamestown city engineer.
The backups occurred in southeast Jamestown and affected four or five homes. The city’s insurance is in the process of addressing the effects to the homeowners.
The Jamestown City Engineer’s Office is strongly advising people in central, northern and southeast Jamestown to continue to keep floor drains plugged. The advisory was issued as a press release Wednesday.
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