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Lewis & Clark water system to get $75.5 million

Appropriation will fund the remaining 32 miles of pipeline for the project.

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TEA, S.D. — Bureau of Reclamation officials notified the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Thursday that it will receive $75.5 million in fiscal year 2022 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“This is a record-setting amount of funding for Lewis & Clark, and will allow us to move forward with a record amount of construction this year,” said Executive Director Troy Larson.

The infrastructure law includes $1 billion for seven authorized rural water projects. Reclamation is allocating $420 million in fiscal year 2022. The remaining $580 million will be allocated over the next four years, based on the construction capabilities of the seven projects. Lewis & Clark will be eligible to receive additional infrastructure law funding again next year.

The money, as well as the $21.914 million recently approved in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, will allow Lewis & Clark to award contracts for the remaining 32 miles of pipeline for the Madison service line, the 17 miles of pipeline between Hull and Sheldon, meter buildings at Sheldon and Sibley, a pump station near Hull, a ground storage reservoir near Madison and adding more lime drying beds at the water treatment plant, as well as designing the Sibley service line and acquiring easements.

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