Minnesota and Iowa to receive millions in rural water funding


St. Paul, Minnesota (KTTC) — Minnesota and Iowa are among six states to receive $420 million in rural water funding under President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure act.

The Bureau of Reclamation will invest in rural water supply systems which include pipeline connections, construction of water treatment plants and water intakes, construction of reservoirs and other efforts to provide drinking water to rural and tribal communities.

Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota are also eligible for funding.

“Rural water projects are central to President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law by building resilience and supporting local economies. The awarding of this project-specific funding underscores the administration’s commitment to helping rural and tribal communities access the clean water and water treatment infrastructure they deserve,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “With an investment of $4.6 billion over five years for aging water infrastructure and rural water projects, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act ensures that rural and tribal communities receive adequate assistance and support.”

Rural water allocations include $75.5 million for the Lewis & Clark rural water system in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota to support treated water pipe segments, service line Sibley, booster pumps and storage tanks.

Other allocations include $51 million for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program Garrison Diversion Unit in North Dakota to support efforts associated with Fort Berthold user expansion, as well as construction efforts to supporting the Spirit Lake West Service Area and the Bear Soldier Service Area.

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