Developer files 2nd suit against Rapid City over water main

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A prominent developer has filed a second lawsuit against Rapid City over a leaky water main.

Hani Shafai, of Dream Design International, claims in the lawsuit filed in Pennington County that a city waterline leak has significantly impacted the cost to develop the Orchard Meadows Subdivision. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages due to the leak's impact on the 100-acre subdivision.

Shafai argues the leak of "at least 500 to 600 gallons per minute" continued for years before being discovered and shut off by the city.

The Rapid City Journal says the second complaint follows a similar suit filed by Shafai last month claiming that the same waterline leak created wetlands on another Shafai development, Johnson Ranch Subdivision, and delayed development of that site.

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