The one-point-four trillion-dollar 2020 federal budget was passed and signed into law before Congress left Washington for the holiday break. It funds the government through the end of next September. Included in that is more funding for rural water projects.
Troy Larson, Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water Project, says they hope to see more money next year.
Larson says they will be able to keep construction more or less on track.
Larson says they have seen a jump in federal funding over the last few years.
Larson says the project is closing in on eighty-percent completion. The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System includes 20 member cities and rural water systems in southeastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwest Minnesota. Water is currently being delivered to fifteen members. The five members yet to be connected to the water system include Madison in South Dakota, and Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon, and Sibley in Iowa. Lewis & Clark also needs to add more wells, treatment capacity and storage to reach its full capacity of 45-million gallons per day.