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Moratorium lifted by Mni Wasté Water

Mni Wasté Water Company’s new user moratorium has been formally rescinded by the Board of Directors of each company. Effective immediately, the current operating entity of Mni Wasté Water Company will accept, for consideration, new applications for membership and water service hookups.

The rescission of the new user moratorium does not guarantee a new water service will be awarded to each applicant. Applicants for service will be considered based upon the availability of water and the geographic location of their proposed site. Despite significant gains and the massive scale of construction that has occurred to date in regard to the MWWC system, only approximately 20 percent of the original plan has been completed. The first step in this process was improving the water intake and constructing a new water treatment facility capable of providing sufficient treated water to the entire system. That has occurred. The next step was to install large diameter pipe from the new water treatment plant location to the city of Eagle Butte. Initial construction in that regard has been completed, however, final improvements to the immediate area of Eagle Butte remain under construction. Branch line improvement and transmission line improvement has not occurred to date. MWWC has submitted a Preliminary Engineering Report and request for funding to the United States Department of Agriculture, but has not received an award. The company is actively working with USDA Rural Development to develop a plan that most effectively puts into place the remainder of the expansion project. However, until the full scope of the initial project is completed, there will be limitations on what service may be provided in any geographic area. Those areas closer to the city of Eagle Butte and the existing main branch line will have a higher likelihood of approval due to water availability.

The Board of Directors of MWWC encourage applicants to submit applications for consideration by the Executive Director and Boards of Directors. Applications for service are available at the MWWC office in Eagle Butte. Leo Fischer and Lacy Maher may also be contacted with questions concerning application and feasibility.

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