Former Mayor Gary Hanson predicted it - 2012 would be the year Sioux Falls would run short of water.
He didn’t really mean it the way it sounds, but 2012 always has been used as the deadline for construction of a Missouri River pipeline.
Hanson and city planners estimated 2012 was the year that Sioux Falls’ growth and demand would start to outpace the supply from our existing water sources.
We reported it many times throughout the lengthy development of the Missouri River pipeline project that would become the Lewis and Clark Water System.
2012 seemed like a long way off back then. But as this hot, dry summer rolls on and the Big Sioux River drops to potentially dangerous levels, Hanson’s prediction seems all the more on target.
Luckily, as Steve Young reports here the water is rolling into our city pipelines this week.
Talk about good timing.