Approving easements for a water pipe was a small item for the Sioux Center City Council last week, but it brings Sioux Center closer to a connection with a major source of quality water.
That source is the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, which draws water from an aquifer next to the Missouri River.
“We started working toward this in the early ‘90s, and as we get closer, we are more excited for this. It will give us a greater portfolio of water to supply our growing community’s needs,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
The next step is to begin building the final connection between Beresford, S.D., and Sioux Center, starting from both ends.
Construction may begin this coming spring on roughly 15 miles of pipeline from Beresford to the Big Sioux River, and roughly 6 miles of pipeline from Sioux Center heading west.
Strong federal and state support are making this progress possible, Hulstein said.
“Completing this connection will all depend on future federal dollars,” he added. “We are thankful for the state and federal funds this year, and we really thank our local legislators for their support.”
Sioux Center is a part-owner of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. In all, there are 20 member cities and rural water systems.
“Not only will this provide a greater quantity of water to supply Sioux Center as it grows, it will also bring great quality water – and consistently softer water – to blend with water from our local wells,” Hulstein said. “It is exciting to think we may be just a few years away from providing this for our community.”
Photo: A view of one of four lime softening clarifiers in the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System plant. The water from Lewis & Clark will be significantly softer than the water we can draw from our local aquifers.
Read more about Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.