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Lewis & Clark gets funding boost

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System will receive $56.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced the funding on Wednesday. The stimulus funding is directed for use on the second phase of the water treatment plant, which is scheduled for bid opening on May 21. That project alone is expected to create more than 600 jobs during three years of construction.

Lewis & Clark will provide treated water to its member municipalities and rural water systems in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Area members include Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water, Luverne, Rock County Rural Water, Worthington; Rock Rapids, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center, all in Iowa.

Based on previous funding levels over the past few years, the $56.5 million is essentially two years of funding, which will consequently move up construction on Lewis & Clark's other projects by two years.

"I've always had faith that the project will get done, and this monumental step forward is a great boost that gets us to our goal of providing quality drinking water to over 300,000 people in the tri-state region as quickly as possible," said Lewis & Clark Chairman Red Arndt of Luverne in a press release. "Furthermore, these funds are further validation that the critical importance of this project is recognized by others."