Nearly $15 million in federal dollars will help bring the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System to the Big Sioux River, bringing it much closer to a Sioux Center connection.
In addition, about $7 million in a “federal fund advance” from the Iowa Legislature means construction can begin at Sioux Center and work west toward the Big Sioux.
“We are excited about this news. We are very thankful to all those who have helped secure funding for this project on the federal and state levels,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
The Bureau of Reclamation announced late yesterday that the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s total federal funding from the fiscal year 2018 budget will be $14.875 million. That is more than a $5 million increase from the previous year.
These federal dollars will be used to construct the segment of pipeline between Beresford, S.D. and the Big Sioux River, which is just under 15 miles.
The approximately $7 million advance from the state will be used to design a meter building at Sioux Center and design the about 19 miles of pipeline from Sioux Center to the Big Sioux, acquire easements, and begin building about 6 miles of pipeline starting at Sioux Center and heading west.
“When this all began years ago, it was about the future for Sioux Center. The future is now. Sioux Center has had the fortune of growing both in population and in economy, and we need this water connection for our community,” Hulstein said. “The Lewis & Clark system will supply us with a reliable source of high quality water to add to the water we draw from our local aquifers, which will increase the quality of water we deliver to each customer.”
Sioux Center Municipal Utilities provides quality water to about 2,340 residential and commercial customers with an average daily usage of about 1 million gallons.