3 N.D. cities awarded $32 mil. for water supply projects

BISMARCK The State Water Commission on Thursday agreed to provide an additional $32 million in state grant funds to support critical water supply projects in three western North Dakota cities.

The commission will tap available funding within the Resources Trust Fund to provide cost-share grants for water supply projects in Dickinson, Watford City and Williston.

The grants approved by the Water Commission are:

– Dickinson: $18.4 million for new water transmission lines, a pumping station, water storage facility and other water supply infrastructure.

– Watford City: $6.7 million for two new water towers, new water transmission lines and other improvements.

– Williston: $6.95 million for new water transmission lines and engineering services.

The expanded program approved Thursday makes cities eligible for state grants for water supply projects based on population growth and financial need.

As part of the expanded grant program, the Water Commission agreed to provide state funding for 35 percent of engineering costs for pre-construction work, 60 percent of construction engineering costs and 60 percent of the construction costs for approved water supply projects.