Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on a 10-mile section of pipeline that will be part of connecting Sioux Center to the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.
Sioux Center may begin receiving water from the Lewis & Clark system as soon as in 2021, according to the current estimated schedule.
“Connecting to this supply of high-quality water, which we will blend with the water we draw from our local aquifers, will be important to our growing community’s economy and will provide benefits to the water we deliver to each resident,” said Sioux Center Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein.
The contract to install 10 miles of 24-inch PVC pipe starting at Sioux Center and heading west was awarded Thursday by the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors.
Carstensen Contracting of Dell Rapids, SD, was awarded this contract for $8.2 million, significantly less than the $11 million budgeted when the project was authorized in 2000, indexed for inflation. Substantial completion for this segment is set for August 2020, said Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson.
Earlier, Carstensen was awarded a contract for 11.2 miles of pipe starting at Beresford and heading east. Construction on that segment of pipeline will begin this spring. A 12.6-mile gap remains in the middle of these two pipeline projects, including the Big Sioux River crossing. The contract for this middle segment is scheduled to be awarded this May.
Contracts also need to be awarded for the Sioux Center meter building, a water tower just east of Beresford, and additional pumps at the Beresford pump station before water can be delivered to Sioux Center.
“When contracts are awarded for those projects will depend on future funding levels,” Larson said.
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.
Photo: Sioux Center Water Treatment Facility