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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Residents rejoice as city fixes sewer problem

December 12, 2014

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor |


Bowman residents heaved a hefty sigh of relief last week.

After about four weeks of piling laundry, dirty dishes and intermittent toilet flushing, residents within the city’s restricted sewer use zone, or “red zone,” were given the all clear shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Crews completed work on the broken sewer pipeline in Bowman City Park after a long process that put strain on the city and its water and sewer department.

Residents occupying homes and businesses in an area spanning from Highway 85 and west to 8th Avenue in Bowman, about 25 city blocks, were asked beginning the week of Nov. 10 to restrict the amount of wastewater they disposed of down drains.

Bowman City Commission President Lyn James said at the start of the project that its scope was beyond the means of the city’s department and required the city to bring in a special crew.

It was a menagerie of circumstances that prolonged the repair of the sewer pipe, including soft earth, excessive groundwater and a gas main and power pole standing near the pipe’s location.

All of those situations had to be remedied before crews could even attempt to repair the broken pipe.

Several ideas floated around between the department, Brosz Engineering of Bowman and JK Excavating of Dickinson, which dug the original hole to lay the pipe, since the pipe’s break.

Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) was contacted by the city and asked to relocate a gas main and power line pole situated near the pipe so it would be easier to remove the vast overburden, or earth covering the pipe.

That occurred early last week, as scheduled and then crews completed a process known as dewatering so they could access the pipe.

Dewatering is the removal of water from solid material or soil by wet classification, centrifugation, filtration or similar solid-liquid separation processes.

James said the total cost of the project would be received next week.