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Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System Delivers Water

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204, 08/21/2017 14:00
Doug Mund,

For Release: August 21, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, have completed the Standing Rock Rural Water Supply System pipeline connecting the North Dakota and South Dakota portions of the project.

"Construction of the Water Treatment Plant, the new water intake, and many miles of pipe, ensures safe, clean and reliable drinking water for the people of Standing Rock," said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, Dave Archambault.

A public Valve-Turning Ceremony to celebrate this major completion has been scheduled for August 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The ceremony will take place along the pipeline alignment in front of the Standing Rock Municipal Rural and Industrial Water Office in Fort Yates.

"Projects like these demonstrate the benefits of investments in infrastructure to meet the current and future needs of the Tribe," said Bureau of Reclamation Area Manager Arden Freitag. "This project completes a major effort to stabilize the water supply for the communities on the northern part of the reservation, replacing the Fort Yates Intake that failed in 2003 and an aging water treatment plant."

For more information please contact Doug Mund at 701-258-1110 or Patience Hurley at 701-221-1204.

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