WAWSP Phase II Begins
The Western Area Water Supply Project (WAWSP) is moving full steam ahead into Phase II of the construction schedule. The Western Area Water Supply Authority’s (WAWSA) Executive Director, Jaret Wirtz, says he is very pleased with the number and quality of the bids they received for Phase II work, which came in at a total cost of $39,918,997 - a little less than anticipated, despite increasing the pipe sizes to accomodate population growth.
Phase II includes the installation of 60 miles of transmission line. The pipelines extend from Williston to Ray, as well as Indian Hill (north of Alexander) to Watford City. The second phase also includes pump stations and reservoirs to pump and store water in the system. When Phase II construction is complete, water will be delivered from Williston to the cities of Ray, Tioga, Stanley, Ross, Crosby, Columbus, Fortuna, Ambrose, and Watford City.
The transmission line to Ray will provide the R & T Water Supply Commerce Authority with a much needed additional and dependable supply of water. The pipeline to Watford City will allow the City and McKenzie County Rural Water to replace the current source of groundwater with high quality treated water from the Missouri River. Both lines are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012, which means thousands of people will soon benefit from this enormous public project.
The reservoirs and pump stations that will deliver water to Ray and Watford City will be constructed simultaneously with the pipelines. Those facilities are also scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2012.
Next, bids will be solicited for the Williston Water Treatment Facility Expansion. The WAWSP is expected to begin reaping the benefits of the plant’s expanded capacity by the fall of 2013. The expansion is necessary to increase the capacity of the system so that it can handle the number of communities and residents who signed up for WAWSP service.
The map below shows where WAWSP pipelines have already been constructed, where WAWSP pipes are under construction, and the routes of proposed future pipelines.
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