Bureau To Provide $44.3M In Water Infrastructure Funds For Projects Across West

April 2014, Vol. 69 No. 4

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced $44.3 million in funding for water infrastructure projects throughout the West that will support a variety of efforts including: providing financial and construction assistance for rural water projects; addressing infrastructure to maintain system reliability and safety; restoring aquatic habitat; continuing the Bureau’s focus on water-related activities to support tribal nations; meeting the increasing water demands of the western U.S.; and supporting activities that increase water resiliency in the face of drought consistent with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

“Water is the lifeblood of our communities, and clean, reliable drinking water is absolutely vital to maintain healthy communities and healthy economies – especially in some of the West’s most rural areas,” said Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor. “Building the infrastructure our rural and tribal communities need to deliver clean water creates construction jobs and provides lasting benefits for local economies and public health.”

A total of $27.1 million will be provided to advance five infrastructure projects in rural communities that will deliver clean, reliable drinking water to remote areas.

The five rural water projects, selected by Reclamation as directed by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, include:

•$9.3 million for the Garrison Diversion Unit (Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program) in North Dakota. These additional funds combined with funding enacted in FY2014 will bring total construction funding to more than $18 million and will be used to 1) construct a pipeline to provide service to Selfridge, ND; 2) construct a conveyance and distribution pipeline to Tokio, ND, and area rural customers; 3) provide service to 410 rural customers by constructing 211 miles of the Southwest Pipeline Project; 4) continue work in the Turtle Mountain Corridor to provide 250 service connections; 5) provide system upgrades for the Trenton Indian Service Area; and 6) finish construction of the Dunn Center Service Area water storage tank and conduct work on Phase 1 in the Dunn Center Service Area.