Air pipes

Difficulties replacing old pipes in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The water main that broke in downtown Sioux City is over 100 years old, but replacing it is no easy task.

David Carney is the director of public works for Sioux City. He says the city accepted bids for a water main replacement project earlier this month, but the price was too high.

“Right now we’re going through an extraordinary time where we have a limitation on our materials and that’s the hardest thing to bid on this past spring,” Carney said.

Carney says the project will be funded by the US bailout which requires the city to use US-made materials for the project.

Dave Bernstein is the president of the Orpheum Theatre. He says the basement flooded when the water main burst and the damage is frustrating.

“It’s super disruptive, to start with we have water in the basement. We have no more water in the theater. if we had an event tonight they would have to really scramble because the toilets don’t don’t work, it hurts air conditioning and fire suppression,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein says this issue is a huge setback for the theater.

“There’s so much investment here downtown and having the same block break over and over because the pipes are pitted or whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Bernstein said. “It just needs to be fixed. It was supposed to be fixed years ago.

This is the fourth time the water main has broken since 2012. The previous three incidents cost the city more than $100,000 to repair the Orpheum theater.