City of Boise Warns Dog Owners to Stay Away from Geothermal Repair Area in Military Reserve

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After the death of a border collie named Jasper earlier this summer, who died when he jumped into a ditch full of 174-degree geothermal water, the city of Boise is warning dog owners to stay away from an area in Military Reserve dog park starting today.

According to a news release, Boise Public Works is repairing a valve in the well house above a nearby containment pond in the park. While construction is underway, hot geothermal water reaching up to 170 degrees will be released into the pond. Public Works urges dog owners to avoid the area, but has also taken maximum precaution to keep people out, including a chain link fence and signage.

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Water that hot can kill pets and seriously injure people even if just barely touched. BW readers will remember that Jasper the border collie waded into a ditch of geothermal water near the Table Rock trailhead. No fencing or warning signs let his owner know the water was dangerous. The overflow came from construction projects down Warm Springs Avenue, when the Boise Warm Springs Water District—not affiliated with the city—shut off the water and allowed the pump to overflow into the ditch.

“We said, ‘Gosh, this is a potential problem with people getting into this water.’" Patrick Frischmuth, chairman of the company's board, told Boise Weekly at the time. "In fact, I made the statement, ‘It would be awful if a dog or a child got into that,’ but you don’t know what’s actually going to happen until it happens."

After the dog's death, the Warm Springs Water District did put up orange fencing and caution tape around the ditch.

This particular project should be wrapped up in the next few weeks, with geothermal water being released intermittently. 

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