Water Restriction in Effect for Areas West and North of the River

City of Great Falls Montana




DATE:             July 10, 2014

CONTACT:     Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager - 455-8417


GREAT FALLS, Montana – The City is asking residents located west and north of the river (homes located in Neighborhood Council Districts 1, 2 & 3) to limit their water usage, specifically in regards to watering and irrigating their yards. The watering restriction is in effect until Saturday morning. Primary neighborhoods in the area include Fox Farm, Valley View, Riverview, Skyline Height, Eagle’s Crossing, West Great Falls, Sun River Park area, Garden Home Tracts area, West Hill and Marketplace. Residents can return to their normal watering schedule on Saturday afternoon.

The restriction is due to a major water main break that took place Monday afternoon behind the La Quinta Inn. The City is working with United Materials of Great Falls to repair the water main today and it should be completed by Friday. The repair work involves cutting out and removing the corroded piece of pipe and replacing it with new piping.

This 30-inch water main is the largest water main in the City’s system. It runs across the river and feeds the areas west and north of the Missouri River.  During the period of time the main is out of service for repairs, the City will not be able to provide enough water to residents west and north of the river if residents continue to irrigate and water their yards. The City asked residents in the identified area to begin limiting their water usage starting last night (Wednesday evening) however there has been no evidence of water conservation at this time.

A water main is an underground pipe that delivers water in a service area. If a hole or crack develops in the pipe, the water will typically find its way to the surface. Because the water main is under pressure, water will continue to flow until the break is repaired. Water main breaks usually result from external corrosion of the pipe. In Great Falls, many of our water main breaks are caused from the age of the pipe. This particular pipe (30-inch main) was installed in 1973 and is part of a 3500 foot area that is scheduled to be replaced the next few years.

 The City of Great Falls appreciates our residents’ patience and cooperation while the water main is being repaired. For questions regarding the water main repair project  contact Mike Judge at 727-8390.