Tea, South Dakota — As the federal funding trickle increases to a slow flow, progress continues on the water line that would bring Missouri River aquifer water to Sheldon and other northwest Iowa communities.
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced funding for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. Lewis & Clark General Manager Troy Larson says it’s good news.
He tells us the funding will have a direct impact on the effort to get the water to Sioux Center, Hull, and Sheldon.
In addition to the pipeline, before water can be delivered through the line Lewis & Clark will need to award contracts for a meter building at Sioux Center, a water tower near Beresford and for adding pumps to the Beresford pump station. Larson says these projects will be the first on the list for FY20.
Larson says Congressman Steve King visited the water treatment plant on Thursday.
Larson says King was very impressed by the facility and pledged his continuing support.
Photo caption: Congressman King and the group in front of one of the solid contact basins at the water treatment plant. Left to right: Sibley City Administrator Glenn Anderson, Sibley Mayor Jerry Johnson, L&C Operations Manager Jim Auen, Sheldon City Councilman Pete Hamill, L&C Executive Director Troy Larson, Sioux Center Utility Manager and L&C Director Murray Hulstein, Congressman King, Hull City Administration/Economic Development Director and L&C Director Jim Collins, Sheldon Public Works Director and L&C Director Todd Uhl, Rep. King staffer and State Senator-Elect Zach Whiting, and Hull Mayor Roger Buys.