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Will water project need a life preserver?

 

Posted 3/14/17 (Tue)

Will water project need a life preserver?

By Brad Nygaard

Legislation now in the Senate would restructure debt held by the Western Area Water Supply Agency (WAWSA), but those opposed to the deal say it could put funding for every other water project in the state in jeopardy.

WAWSA is supposed to provide clean,  reliable water service to over 160,000 people in five northwestern North Dakota counties by 2038.

Accomplishing that feat will require the laying of hundreds of miles of pipe from distribution sources in Williston and Ray to communities and rural homes in Williams, Divide, Burke, Mountrail and McKenzie counties.

Crosby Mayor Bert Anderson,  who also serves as a District 2 legislator and on the WAWSA board, said the idea of connecting small communities and rural customers to a central supply is  a good one.

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