WAWSA to Serve New Airport and School


The Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) is getting ready for another big construction season, including two high profile projects.  As soon as the weather allows construction crews to get started this spring, work will begin on the installation of about nine miles of pipeline to serve the new Missouri Ridge School and Williston Basin International Airport. 

  The school bell is set to ring for the first time in August at the Missouri Ridge School.  “We’re anxious to start construction on the pipeline as soon as the weather allows it.  We have a contingency plan in place to ensure classes will be able to start without a hitch.  If for some reason we can’t get all of the larger pipe in the ground, we will temporarily install a smaller pipe hooked up to a Northwest Rural Water District pipeline near the school,” says Jaret Wirtz, WAWSA Executive Director.  The Northwest Rural Water District will provide water service to the school and airport when construction is complete. 

Construction has already begun at the site of the future Williston Basin International Airport terminal which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.  The pipeline that will deliver water to Missouri Ridge will do double duty after it is extended a mile and a half to serve the new airport. 

WAWSA designed the pipeline that will serve this new area northwest Williston to accommodate the needs of the school and airport, as well as potential housing and commercial developments.  “This is where Williston is growing and we’ve designed the pipelines with enough capacity to handle future growth in the area,” says Wirtz.

In addition to the Williston Basin International and Missouri Ridge projects, WAWSA has several other projects on tap for the current biennium.  These projects include improvements at the Williston Regional Water Treatment Plant and a new two million gallon water tower between Arnegard and Watford City, plus rural expansions south of Watford City and east of White Earth River Valley.

Currently, a total of 60,000 people receive drinking water from WAWSA. In addition to rural customers across Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail, and Williams Counties, residents of Williston, Watford City, Ray, Tioga, Stanley, Wildrose, Crosby, Fortuna, Noonan, Columbus, and Ross also receive WAWSA service.  The project is designed to serve 100,000 people by the year 2038.