Deary, Idaho – (Release from the City of Deary) Mayor Jason Johnson announced today that the broken water transmission main for the City of Deary has been repaired, but the “Boil Order” remains in place. Mayor Johnson said, “Thanks to our city staff performing their routine daily checks we noticed the water level in the reservoir was declining. Our water commissioner was notified at 7:45 am Wednesday, March 15, 2023, and city staff started to investigate the cause. They determined the cause to be a break in the transmission water main. At that time working with the water commissioner, a plan was put into place to repair the line.
“We thank our local partners who have worked expeditiously to resolve this issue in a timely fashion. Partner agencies include the Latah County Commissioners Office, Mountain Waterworks, a utility contractor, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Rural Water Association, Idaho Office of Emergency Management, Sheriff Richie Skiles and the Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Deary Fire District, Latah County Disaster Services. They worked tirelessly throughout the day to manage this event.”
Due to the loss of water pressure the City of Deary had to issue a boil water notice to ensure community safety. With the help of all partners involved the city was able to perform the necessary repairs, and to provide drinking water to the community throughout the night while waiting for the required water samples.
The boil water notice will remain in effect until all samples have been approved by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to confirm water purity. The City of Deary will notify the public upon the authorization from DEQ.
“We are grateful for the incredible patience and support of our citizens,” said Mayor Johnson, “We understand how frustrating it is to be impacted in this way. Our priority is to resolve this issue soon and to communicate to the public every step of the way. Thank you.”
The City of Deary is requesting that the public check on their neighbors. If someone needs assistance, there are resources available for those in need. Please contact (208) 877-1582 or email [email protected] for assistance.