Released On: September 23, 2010
The funding will be used for a rural water supply system study in North-Central Nebraska. The appraisal investigation will focus on developing a regional water supply system through expansion of the existing West Knox Rural Water System in Knox County. The plan could provide benefits to the Santee Sioux Nation, the West Knox Rural Water System, the Cedar-Knox Rural Water System, the City of Creighton, the Village of Niobrara and the Village of Center. The investigation will include identification of possible water supply sources and an evaluation of distribution system alternatives.
"We recognize that rural communities in Northeastern Nebraska face the challenge of securing adequate clean water for domestic, municipal, and industrial uses," said Aaron Thompson, Nebraska-Kansas Area Office Manager. "This funding will allow Reclamation to work with those communities to explore opportunities to secure usable water supplies."
An appraisal investigation is an analysis of domestic, municipal and industrial water supply problems, needs, and opportunities primarily using existing data. The investigation includes a preliminary assessment of alternatives to determine if there is at least one viable alternative that warrants a more detailed study at the feasibility level.
Through the Rural Water Program, Reclamation works with small communities of 50,000 or less to investigate opportunities to ensure safe and adequate rural water supplies. The program also plans the design and construction of rural water supply projects by conducting of appraisal investigations and feasibility studies. In addition, the programs provides appropriate oversight for the construction of rural water supply projects that are recommended for construction by Reclamation and subsequently authorized by Congress.
The Rural Water Program was authorized in 2006 in Title I of the Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act, P.L. 109-451. Rulemaking for the program was conducted with public comment in 2008 and an interim final rule was instituted in 2009 that established the programmatic criteria for the program.
To learn more about Reclamation's Rural Water Program please visit www.usbr.gov/ruralwater.
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