Parking lot trench
Photo by Jill Schramm
A recently dug trench runs from the Ward County Administration Building past the new jail expansion toward the jail Monday. The county is replacing a pipeline that runs from an underground diesel storage tank by the jail to a generator at the office building. The pipeline was damaged during construction activity in September, resulting in diesel fuel entering a storm water drain on the northeast corner of the new jail construction area. The amount of diesel fuel involved in the spill left a slight sheen on the water where the storm drain emptied into a dead loop of the Souris River. Contaminated soil was removed during the search for the leak. The county was able to discontinue use of the pipeline for a time because it had access to a smaller storage tank, said Leona Lochthowe, facilities management supervisor. The entire pipeline now is being replaced. The cost is covered by Minot Paving’s construction insurance. Lochthowe said the project should be finished by the end of the week, weather permitting.