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Contract awarded for LCRWS reservoir

TEA, S.D. -- Lewis & Clark Regional Water System's board of directors has awarded a $2,961,700 contract to Preload of Louisville, Ky., for a four-million-gallon above-ground storage reservoir that will be located six miles southwest of Luverne.

TEA, S.D. -- Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s board of directors has awarded a $2,961,700 contract to Preload of Louisville, Ky., for a four-million-gallon above-ground storage reservoir that will be located six miles southwest of Luverne.

Substantial completion deadline of what has been deemed the Rock County Reservoir is March 2018.  

“The low bid was more than $300,000 less than originally budgeted, which was great news,” LCRWS Executive Director Troy Larson said. “We continue to enjoy the benefits of a very favorable bidding environment.”  

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Thanks in large part to the combined $49.7 million in “federal funding advances” approved by Minnesota and South Dakota, the Lewis & Clark board has awarded 10 construction projects totaling $45.65 million in the last two years. This does not include engineering, easement acquisition, legal or administrative expenses related to construction.  

Since construction began on the project in 2004, a total of $342,370,005 in construction projects have been awarded. The project is currently 67 percent complete and is estimated to reach 72 percent completion by the end of 2017. Thirteen of the Lewis & Clark’s 20 members are currently connected to the System.  

“That may sound like we are getting close to the end, but we still need close to $200 million in federal funding in order to complete the system so we have a long way to go,” Larson said.

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