For the second time in a week, a South Dakota city is facing a water shortage. This time it's Salem asking people to limit their water use while they make repairs.
Salem city officials say the water treatment plant started having mechanical problems around 8am Wednesday morning so it was shut down.
Now the only clean water is what remains in the city tower and that supply is quickly starting to drain.
Salem is about as hot and dry as you can get but that doesn't mean everyone is sweating this water shortage.
"It's always cool in here, sometimes our customers think it's too cool." said Martha Livingston.
Livingston works at the Salem Farmer's Market. She was told about the water restrictions earlier in the morning but says she understands the situation.
"I don't have little children at home or invalids so I think we'll get through but I'm thinking it's kind of an inconvenience." Said Livingston.
An inconvenience that is only made worse because the city pool is also locked up.
"I suppose they keep them out because they can't use the bathrooms." Said Livingston.
Many kids and parents alike are forced to think of new ways to cool down.
"They need other activities to do and one of those activities is the pool and running through sprinklers and with a hot day like this it's not happening." Said JoAnn Moen.
Unfortunately for these boys, mom pulled the plug on their sprinkler when she was told about the restriction.
"The water's out of our Slip n' Slide and so we just might go inside." Said Anthony.
The necessary repairs won't be completed until Thursday so the city is urging people to conserve water, because the tower's supply will eventually run out. That means business is good at the local grocery store.
"Yeah we're selling a lot of water, that we are doing!" Said Livingston.
And until the remaining water dries up, these boys will keep slipping and sliding away.
"Yes! Until all that water goes away." Said Anthony.
The City of Salem released this statement late Wednesday afternoon. It says, Salem is still not able to produce water due to a computer component failure. The computer component is ordered and will be delivered tomorrow.
The water treatment plant will not be up and running for possibly another 24 hours. Water will eventually run out, so NO water usage is advised until the plant is up and running.
If the water lines lose pressure it can cause the lines to break when they are pressurized again, so the City is urging people to not use water and to pass the word on to their neighbors.
Gallon jugs of drinking water will be available at the Salem Armory at 6:00 PM. If you do not have a means to pickup water, please call (605) 425-2301 and water will be delivered to your home
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