From Curtis Wilson, Executive Director....  

After a very long winter, construction season is finally upon us. Late snowfall and wet weather delayed construction crews from getting into the fields as quickly as they have in previous years, but they are making good progress now. We have four projects under construction, with a fifth project scheduled to begin in July. The land restoration and seeding portion of a R&T Water District project near Stanley wrapped up in June. Construction of that project was completed last fall, but it was too late in the year to complete the restoration part of the project. The Stanley Part 1 Alternatives project brought service to 115 water users north and south of the Highway 8 corridor, as well as the town of Blaisdell.

 In the R&T Water District, we are working to bring service to 42 users who will benefit from the West White Earth – Bay Area Lots project. After securing a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we kicked off construction in late 2018 on the approximately two miles of mainline pipes. Crews set a goal of having water service to all users by the 4th of July holiday.

 After the 4th of July, construction crews will focus on the R&T East White Earth Base project, which will connect 27 users in Manitou along the 94th Avenue corridor between Highway 2 and Highway 1804 to service from the Western Area Water Supply Authority. We expect construction to be complete by the end of October.

 Over in the McKenzie County Water Resource District, we have the Spring Creek Base and County Road 37 project underway. Construction along the northern five miles of County Road 37 will add capacity to the system, new users, and relocate existing infrastructure for a county road improvements project. We expect the CR37 project to be done in early August. Meanwhile, construction along the 125th Avenue corridor from Highway 23 to County Road 34 southeast of Watford City is expected to wrap up in the late fall. About 70 water users will be hooked up to WAWSA water when these projects are done.

 Work on WAWSA’s new two-million-gallon water tower kicked off in late May. The new tower is located along Highway 85, southeast of Arnegard. The tower’s structure is expected to be completed late this fall. However, it won’t be ready to be filled until July 2020, after coatings and process work can be done.

 Meanwhile at the Williston Regional Water Treatment Plant where the majority of WAWSA’s water is treated, there’s a pretreatment expansion project underway. When completed this fall, the pretreatment capacity will be expanded from 14 million gallons per day to 28 million gallons per day. The current production capacity of the Williston Regional Water Treatment Plant is 21 million gallons per day.

 I’ve been WAWSA’s Executive Director for less than a year, but I want all of our water customers to know how happy I and the rest of the staff are to be your water provider. I’m amazed at the progress the project has made since it started in 2011 and I look forward to continuing to deliver safe, high-quality water to northwest North Dakota.