- West 2nd street, west side of Williston; congested; hard to make left turn when heading back onto highway toward Montana, Watford City
- US-85 north of Williston, truck bypass, County Road 6; at Love's Truck Stop (to be built in 2012)
December 18, 2012: from the Dickinson Press
- original authority: $110 million; will be repaid through sales
- another $40 million in loans will be requested in the next legislative session
- and another $80 million will be requested after that due to huge growth
- by 2025, expected to serve more than 80,000 people (about $3,000/person; and it's a renewable resource)
The Western Area Water Supply Authority will be breaking ground on a water pipeline between Crosby and Wildrose Tuesday.May 9, 2012: see comment this date, important.
The new pipeline will carry treated drinking water from the Missouri River to Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail, and Williams counties. By the end of this year, Ray, Tioga, Stanley, Ross, Wildrose, Crosby, Columbus, Fortuna, Ambrose, and Watford City will have access to Western Area Water Supply Project water. [Comment: I remember independent water suppliers fighting WAWS, but to the best of my knowledge, the indies had no plans to provide water for cities for the long term. From the little I know, WAWS looks like a brilliant decision in hindsight.]
March 29, 2012: the state Water Commission is debating benefits of WAWS and the case brought against it by the Independent Water Providers Group. Story in the Bismarck Tribune. The IWPG says WAWS was grossly overbuilt (which I find interesting). WAWS will provide drinking water to towns throughout the oil patch long after the oil industry is done fracking; the IWPG does not provide drinking water to these communities. The IWPG argues that WAWS is unfair competition paid for by the state.
Link here (this link will break soon).
WAWS Authority: the City of Williston, McKenzie County Rural Water District, Williams Rural Water District, R&T Rural Water Association, and the legislative-appointed BDW Rural Water System, will own and operate the supply and transmission system. The WAWS will make direct sales to different entities, who in turn will sell water to individual homeowners and businesses.
Background: Earlier this year, the North Dakota State Legislature passed a law that would fund $110 million of the total project. A water treatment plant, that is headquartered in Williston, ND, currently has a 10 million gallons a day water capacity and will have additional filter systems added that will increase that to 14 million gallons a day in the next two years. Future projections are that the project could produce 28 million gallons of water a day.
Project designer: AE2S, Grand Forks.
Status of project: AE2S is currently designing the project.
Time line: The project is expected to start later this year and be completed in 2012. It will include pipelines that will transport water to the communities of Williston, Watford City, Stanley, Tioga, Wildrose, Ray, Crosby, and Alexander.
Funding: The project is being funded from the State Water Commission, State General Fund, and the Bank of North Dakota. Water sales to the oil industry are expected to pay for 80 percent of the project.
On a separate issue, a short story on the Southwest Water Authority can be found here.