Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Water Woes at the Idanha

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

What's with all the water coming out of the Idanha?

Boise downtowners have been contacting Citydesk wondering why thousands of gallons of H2O was being pumped out of one of Boise's landmarks.

"Their fire suppression system broke down a few weeks ago," Tom Dillon told Citydesk. Dillon is stormwater quality specialist for the Ada County Highway District. Dillon said the basement at the Idanha has been flooded ever since the break, and crews have been pumping water out into the adjoining alley since.

"The water looks pretty rusty," Dillon said, referring to the brown stains that line the alley. "But I'm assured that the water is not an environmental threat when it runs into our stormwater drains."

Dillon told Citydesk that he's been told that repairs should be complete by week's end.

"But there's another problem, if we get a string of days below freezing. Then you have another possible hazard," said Dillon.

The Idanha, at Boise's 10th and Main streets opened in 1901. As a six-story hotel, it boasted Idaho's first working elevator, and in its heyday it played host to President Teddy Roosevelt and Will Rogers. Today, the Idanha houses a restaurant, bar, art gallery and apartments.

Tom Dillon, Stormwater Quality Specialist with the Ada County Highway District communicated with Citydesk Wednesday, saying he did not say the fire suppression system was down at the Idanha. Double-checking our notes, indeed we have Dillon quoted as saying exactly that the fire suppression system had broken down at the Idanha. We asked him to verify exactly that later in the same conversation, and he again confirmed that the fire suppression system had broken down.
Wednesday morning, Dillon wrote to Citydesk that crews at the Idanha were making repairs on a system and ACHD was allowing them to pump clean water into our storm drain system.

"I then went on to explain that it was not unlike many of the other building in downtown who routinely flush large amounts of water from their fire supression systems into the storm drain as part of their maintenance program or for other reasons."

We are more than happy to include Dillon's clarification.

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