Work is underway to build a new Sioux Center well to supply the community’s use, replacing a damaged well.
Crews began drilling the new deep well this past week, tapping into a local aquifer more than 300 feet below ground level. This well will replace Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ Well 14, which had developed a significant hole in the casing, allowing gravel into the well.
“We’ll be working to make a new well operational over the next four weeks, and we’re anticipating it will be online in about a month,” said Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
Sioux Center’s water is drawn from two local aquifers and treated to exceed all federal and state standards at the Sioux Center Water Plant before being sent out to more than 2,600 customers.
Sioux Center Municipal Utilities continues to seek ways to improve and add to its high-quality water supply. The community plans to connect to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System by mid-2023, bringing additional high-quality water from aquifers along the Missouri River. In anticipation of this connection, SCMU will change its disinfection method from chlorination to chloramination in September to match water coming from the Lewis & Clark system. Once connected, Sioux Center can receive up to 600,000 gallons of water per day from Lewis & Clark.
As hot, dry weather conditions persist, Sioux Center remains in a Water Watch. In a Water Watch, SCMU asks customers to voluntarily limit lawn irrigation, watering only 1-2 times per week, up to an inch application, and only between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m.