Pennington County has called for a moratorium on building permits in a new subdivision located outside Box Elder. Valley Heights, the subdivision affected, has 150 single family homes, and 68 empty lots currently.
Providing water to the subdivision has proven difficult, as it is located outside of Box Elder city limits. The Box Elder water system is facing concerns about water transportation through existing mains, the failure of a city well, and the structural integrity of a water tower that supplies Valley Heights. The City of Box Elder will continue to serve Valley Heights residents so long as the current water tower in place--which is not owned by Box Elder--continues to function properly.
Discussion about how to address these problems will be ongoing, including the possibility of creating a sanitary district or a non-profit organization for Valley Heights to take its water supply matters into their own hands.