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Yankton officials express concerns about supply chain for water treatment facilities

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:32 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The hot and dry conditions we have seen over the past couple of weeks have forced some South Dakota cities like Brandon and Mitchell to order restrictions on water usage.

In Yankton, a new water treatment facility is stopping the city from placing any restrictions on water use, but that is not stopping them from looking into their water restriction ordinance, in case it is needed.

The need for water restrictions in the city of Yankton is minimal, as the new water treatment plant there makes 10 million gallons of clean water a day.

“We are really fortunate here in Yankton that we are not taking water from a surface level intake anymore, we’re taking our water from beneath the riverbed, so we have plenty of water and plenty of capacity,” said Amy Leon, Yankton City Manager. “Our city commission planned well in advance, so we’re not facing any water restrictions, due to the dry conditions and the heat.”

While officials do not have to worry about water capacity, they do have to worry about the supply chain for equipment and chemicals. They are checking their city ordinance to make sure it covers what could happen if the treatment plant cannot get needed supplies in a timely manner.

“One of the things we’re seeing is things we used to be able to order two days in advance, now we have to give our suppliers two weeks in advance and trying to understand that schedule, you know we haven’t seen weather this hot and demand this high this early in the summer,” said Kyle Goodmanson, Yankton Director of Environmental Services.

It is important for the city to check the ordinance because many of the chemicals needed for water purification, cannot be stored in bulk at the facility.

“What you have with chemicals is there is kind of a shelf life on chemicals so you can only keep so many chemicals on hand and if you keep them on hand they start to degrade,” said Goodmanson.

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