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Forum News Service, Published April 17 2014

Minnesota dive team helps fix water issue in Larimore

LARIMORE, N.D. - A conveniently located dive team was able to fix a problem at the water treatment plant in Larimore, but the town’s 1,300 or so residents will still have to conserve water for another day, a city official said Thursday.

City Auditor Deb Matheson said it will take a while to bring the clear well and the water tower to a comfortable level in case of a fire.

The clear well is where treated water is stored before it's pumped up to the tower for long-term storage, but the pump, though working, could not move any water starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Divers from Fergus Falls, Minn., who were working in western North Dakota, were able to arrive by 5 p.m. Wednesday and fixed a problem with a pipe in the clear well that night, Matheson said. Normally, the city contracts with divers from Oregon to clean its clear well and water tower, she said.

The cost of the repair wasn't yet known, she said.

Larimore is about 40 miles west of Grand Forks.