Copper Oaks Short of Water

New well could be answer, but homeowners worry about new development.

By Denise Ross
Journal Staff Writer

Developers plan to drill a new well in the Copper Oaks and Quartz Canyon subdivisions about 10 miles south of Rapid City, but homeowners there worry it won’t be enough for them and the 30 or more new houses on the drawing board.

The water quandary rounds out a hot, dry summer and marks the second public debate over water shortages in subdivisions outside the city limits. Southwest of Rapid City, residents of Countryside South also encounter dry spigots at times.

Residents of the Copper Oaks II, Copper Oaks III and Quartz Canyon subdivisions met Saturday with developers Paul Reinke and George Bashara to discuss proposed rate hikes to pay for the new well. A second well should prevent the 57 households from finding themselves without water, Bashara said.

Perhaps more troublesome than unreliable water is speculation that the developers plan to finance a water infrastructure for the new houses through higher rates on existing homeowners.

Published by Rapid City Journal