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IMG_6319Southwest Water Authority employees Laura Jonio and Chris Price working our booth at the state fair!

The SWA booth was one of many for the 2017 Water Day at the North Dakota State fair in Minot, ND. You can see more at North Dakota State Water’s facebook page at:

North Dakota State Water 2017 North Dakota State Fair

 

 

 


 

Water tankers are donated to counties to assists rural fire departments during fire season

“Dunn County Fire Departments have responded to approximately 16 brush fires since June, and local officials are hoping the donation of frac water  tankers  will give them an added resource the next time a fire breaks out.

” What we hope won’t become the big fire, yet we all think it will happen , so that right now is what every district is preparing for,” said  Ryan Hauck, West Dunn Fire Chief.

The rural areas are the hardest ones to fight for fire departments.

” We are trying to place them in areas where we don’t have fresh water locations. Our fire trucks shouldn’t have to leave a fire to go find water,” said Denise Brew, Dunn County Emergency Manager.

To assists the the rural fire departments during the drought, MBI Energy Services donated seven  20, 000 gallon tanks to Dunn County, and 18 to Stark County.

“MBI has been in business since 1979, so we work really close with alot of the people here,” said Cory Ghering, VP Fluid Management Logistics for MBI.

The frac tanker were custom built for the fire department with one fitting for the tanker to be filled up with and another fitting for the fire departments to get the water out of, so they can fight the fire in the fields during the severe drought conditions.

Southwest Water Authority is helping out too with donating water, but everyone agrees that the conditions are not getting better.

“Things have worsened quite a bit, because we haven’t had the rain. I think the wind . . . North Dakota wind is going to blow. So things have dried out immensely,” said Hauck
Dunn County and MBI officials said the tankers are just temporary solutions to help firefighters manage conditions during the drought.
Since March, McKenzie and Dunn County have been the most affected counties.

The article and video can be viewed here.


 

State water commission is providing relief to ranchers impacted by the drought

“State and local authorities are providing relief  to North Dakota ranchers affected by the drought.

The drought can be toxic to a cattle producers  water supply.

“It doesn’t take very long for a bad quality of water to effect those animals. The last thing they want to see is animal not being able to get back up, ” said Fred Froelich, Extension Agent, NDSU Extension Service

To get adequate water to cattle producers, the state water commission re-opened the The Drought Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance program.

“Through that program the state water commission will cost share up to 50% and /or $3500  per location for ranchers to get water to their livestock, said Mary Massad, Manager/CEO of SouthWest Water Authority.

Through the program people can build wells, pasture taps or connect to pipe systems like SouthWest Water Authority, whose CEO said the 12 counties her group services are very interested.

“Probably been receiving about 5-10 phone calls per day,” said Massad

” As of today we have received 96 applications and approved 80, and used all of the $250,000, and applications are still coming in, ” said George Nodland, North Dakota State Water Commission.

Nodland , also thinks hauling water isn’t the way to go.

“This is a better option, because hauling water, even just a few head. Its amazing how much water cattle will drink in a day,” said Nodland

The livestock water assistance program can help cattle, but  it can’t help the crops, The only thing they are going to get relief from is rain.

“We need rain  . .  .we need rain. In Southwest North Dakota we need alot of rain, said Froelich.”

The article and video can be viewed here.


 

Drinking Water Week May 7-13, 2017

Southwest Water Authority (SWA) along with water systems across the United States and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are reaching out to bring public awareness to our most precious resource, water, during National Drinking Water Week, which is May 1-7, 2016. This year’s theme is “Your Water- To Know It Is To Love It.”

“SWA and the water community are joining together to celebrate National Drinking Water Week,” said SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad. “Put simply, we celebrate National Drinking Water Week each year because drinking water is an invaluable part of our lives and it deserves our full focus and attention. Thank you to the employees of SWA who make this possible. Our thanks also goes out to everyone in southwest North Dakota for their continued support.”

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Visit SWA’s website at www.swwater.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swwater to learn more about the celebration of Drinking Water Week.


IMG_6319Second Dickinson Reservoir

Here are some progress pictures of the second Dickinson Reservoir. Click here to see the pictures.

 

 

 

 


IMG_6319Dan Roller Awarded 2017 Outsanding Water Works Employee Award

Dan Roller, Southwest Water Authority’s (SWA) Water Distribution Operations Specialist has been recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Water Works Employee by the North Dakota Rural Water System Association at the 31st Annual Conference and EXPO in Bismarck on February 15, 2017. The award is given once a year to a water operator or rural water system manager with outstanding leadership abilities and extraordinary accomplishments in water operations beyond the normal requirements of the job.

“Dan’s years of dedicated service to SWA and the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) can be directly related to the success of the quality water that is being distributed to the people and businesses of southwest North Dakota,” said Mary Massad, Manager/CEO of SWA. Dan has gone above and beyond in order to ensure our customers have quality water each and every time they turn on the tap. It is with many thanks Dan was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Water Works Employee Award.

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs, and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region. To date, 33 communities, more than 6,800 rural service locations, 23 contract customers, 21 raw-water customers, two rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots are served by the Pipeline. Reaching new rural areas is dependent on everyone’s support. Southwest Water Authority continues its mission of Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.


Budget Shortfall Impacts SW North Dakotans Water Quality

To read the article click here.


IMG_6319Ray Bieber resigns from the SWA Board of Directors.

Long-time Board Director, Ray Bieber resigned this past month from the Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors.
Ray served SWA with unwavering dedication and leadership for the past 24 years. On behalf of a grateful Board of Directors,
region, management and staff, we thank him for his commitment to SWA and the SWPP. We will miss him greatly.

 

 

 

 

 

 


IMG_6319Congratulations to Grace Rixen-Handford!

Grace Rixen-Handford, SWA Water Treatment Plant Manager, has been recognized by the ND Department of Health, for “Outstanding Water and Wastewater Facility Management,” October 2016.

 

 

 

 

 


IMG_6319Rural construction progress pictures.

Take a look at some ongoing progress pictures of rural construction projects. Click here for more pictures.

 

 

 

 


Drinking Water Week May 1-7, 2016

Southwest Water Authority (SWA) along with water systems across the United States and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are reaching out to bring public awareness to our most precious resource, water, during National Drinking Water Week, which is May 1-7, 2016. This year’s theme is “Your Water- To Know It Is To Love It.”

“SWA and the water community are joining together to celebrate National Drinking Water Week,” said SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad. “Put simply, we celebrate National Drinking Water Week each year because drinking water is an invaluable part of our lives and it deserves our full focus and attention. Thank you to the employees of SWA who make this possible. Our thanks also goes out to everyone in southwest North Dakota for their continued support.”

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Visit SWA’s website at www.swwater.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swwater to learn more about the celebration of Drinking Water Week.


IMG_6319Certificate of Achievements for Safe Drinking Act of 1974

Southwest Water Authority has received Certificate of Achievements for Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 from the North Dakota Department of Health. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) applies to every public water system in the United States. Southwest Water Authority’s four public water systems achieved this Certificate of Compliance. These public water systems include service from the Water Treatment Plant in Dickinson, the Crown Butte, Junction Inn and Tower Hill pocket areas in Morton County.

By law, all public water systems are required by the SDWA to take actions to protect source water and provide safe drinking water. The SDWA was passed by Congress to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking supplies. It was first passed in 1974, where it focused on treatment as means of providing safe drinking water at the tap. In was amended in 1986 and again in 1996. The 1996 amendments enhanced the existing law by recognizing source water protection, funding for water system improvements and public information as important components of safe drinking water. Southwest Water Authority Manager/CEO Mary Massad states, “Our number one priority has always been and will always be quality water for our customers.” She added, “I am very pleased to accept these Safe Drinking Water Act Certificates of Achievement on behalf of our Board of Directors, dedicated staff and the North Dakota State Water Commission who all work very hard to ensure consistent performance of our water quality.”

The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets national standards for drinking water to ensure consistent quality in our nation’s water supply. The North Dakota Department of Health requires a yearly assessment for all of the State’s public water systems. Each year Southwest Water Authority has met the required standards to achieve a SDWA Certificate of Compliance. For more information on Southwest Water Authority’s quality water visit www.swwater.com.

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs, and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region. To date, 33 communities, more than 6,300 rural service locations, 23 contract customers, 21 raw-water customers, two rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots are served by the Pipeline. Reaching new rural areas is dependent on everyone’s support. Southwest Water Authority continues its mission of Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.

 


 

IMG_6319Congratulations!

Congratulations Kim Turner for 10 years of hard work and dedication as Southwest Water Authority’s Accountant/Assistant Office Administrator.

 

 


IMG_6319Supplemental Water Treatment Plant Construction Underway

In February construction began on the 6 Million Gallon Supplemental Water Treatment Plant in Dickinson located just east of the existing Water Treatment Plant. Click here for more pictures.

 

 

 


All of the lab testing for New Leipzig* came back excellent and the tap water is safe to drink.

*New Leipzig owns and operates its water distribution system.


Ray Bieber Awarded the 2016 Clark Cronquist Waterline Award

Ray Bieber, Southwest Water Authority Board member, was awarded with the 2016 Clark Cronquist Waterline Award at the 30th Annual Water Systems EXPO & Conference in Fargo. For 24 years Ray has been instrumental in defining and refining the very mission of the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) and SWA. Considered a forefather of SWA and the SWPP, Ray has been passionate about the development of rural water and bringing safe, reliable drinking water to the citizens of southwest North Dakota. The Clark Cronquist Waterline Award is given to someone who through their distinctive leadership and perseverance has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the promotion, development, or enhancement of rural water on a state or national level. This is a most prestigious award. Congratulations Ray!


Andy Erickson Promoted to Water Distribution Manager

Andy Erickson was promoted to Southwest Water Authority’s (SWA) Water Distribution Manager, January 1, 2016. Andy began is career in the water industry working on the Southwest Pipeline Project for Northern Improvement Company in the Hettinger and Reeder area. Andy started working for SWA in 2002 as a Water Distribution Maintenance Worker II. He then worked his way up from being a Grade I Operator in 2003 to a Grade III Operator in 2006. Andy was promoted to Chief Water Distribution Operator in 2007 and then became the Assistant Water Distribution Manager in 2014. Andy is succeeding Lee Messer as SWA’s Water Distribution Manager.


Retirement of Lee Messer, Water Distribution Manager of Southwest Water Authority

Lee Messer, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) Water Distribution Manager, retired December 31, 2015, after 24 years of dedicated service to the water industry. Lee began his career as a master electrician with the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) in 1991. in 2001, Lee was promoted to Water Distribution Manager. Lee provided excellent leadership and management to the entire water distribution system, including supervision of the water distribution staff and daily operations , to ensure the many citizens of southwest North Dakota received quality water. “Because of his commitment to protect, develop and manage water resources, quality water has flowed right along with the success of the SWPP.” said Mary Massad, Manager/CEO.


Lee Messer wins 2015 Water Wheel Award

Lee Messer, Water Distribution Manager of Southwest Water Authority, wins the 2015 Water Wheel award. Lee’s years of dedicated service to the water industry, and undeniable leadership can be directly related to the success of the quality water that has been distributed to the people and businesses of southwest North Dakota. Lee has gone above and beyond to ensure the tap stays flowing in negative temperatures and blizzards and has weathered the night to ensure generators are in place and working and pipelines stay thawed. So it is no wonder why he was awarded the Water Wheel Award.


Projects Completed

Construction contracts completed this year include the Killdeer Mountain Elevated Tank, the Dunn Center Elevated Tank, a 1.5 million gallon per day (MGD) upgrade to the OMND WTP and a Main Transmission Line from the OMND WTP to the northwest of the city of Killdeer.


New service areas have been connected to the Southwest Pipeline Project

The city of Dunn Center, Dodge, Golden Valley and Halliday have been switched over to receiving treated water from the OMND Water Treatment Plant (WTP), along with the west Killdeer, Grassy Butte and North Fairfield service areas.


Exciting News!

As of September 22, 2015, the city of Killdeer is now receiving Southwest Water. We are looking forward to serving our new customers.


2014 Water Fluoridation Quality Award

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North Dakota Missouri River Stakeholders 2015 Final Report

Read The 2015 Final Report


Southwest Oil Impact & Water Supply – August 13

Southwest Water Authority and the North Dakota Water Education Foundation hosted the Southwest Oil & Water Supply tour on Thursday, August 13, 2015. This tour began and ended at the Southwest Water Authority (SWA) office in Dickinson.

The Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) has been connecting southwest North Dakota residents to award-winning, quality drinking water since 1991. Construction of the intricate network of pipelines began in 1986 and continues today. We highlighted some of the new needs and challenges resulting from oil industry activity and fluctuating population in this region of the state. Highlights of the tour included sites such as Dakota Prairie Refinery, the first oil refinery to be built in the United States in nearly 40 years, Bakken Oil Express, Baker Boy Bake Shop, Steffes Corporation and the SWPP Finished Water Pump Station currently under construction to provide additional pumping capacity for the Southwest Pipeline Project and the City of Dickinson.

The tour, which costs $20 per person, included transportation, informational materials, meals, refreshments and a one-year subscription to the North Dakota Water magazine.

See the story featured in The Dickinson Press.


IMG_6319Supplemental Intake Construction

The microtunneling machine has been lowered into the caisson at the supplemental intake under construction at Renner Bay on Lake Sakakawea. As of October 21, 2015, drilling has progressed 1,386 feet. This brings us to the half-way mark! Click here for a view.

 

 

 


John Nadvornick and SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad

John Nadvornick and SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad

Southwest Water Authority (SWA) Water Treatment Plant and Distribution maintenance worker John Nadvornick has announced his retirement, effective at the end of May, 2015. He has been a fixture in the water industry in Dickinson for 36 years.

SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad noted “We appreciate John’s hard work and dedication at the Water Treatment Plant, for SWA and the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) and for all the customers in southwest North Dakota who receive quality water.”

When asked what his plans are following his retirement, he simply stated “go fishing!”

Congratulations to John Nadvornik and SWA wishes him and his family the very best in the years to come.

 

 

 


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Lisa Schatz with the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association attended the April Southwest Water Authority board meeting to present the trophy for the best tasting water in North Dakota. Lisa is pictured to the left of Board Chairman Larry Bares and SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad along with the beautiful trophy!

 

 

 

 

 


Safe Drinking Water Act Certificates of Achievement_Page_7Southwest Water Authority Recognized for Safe Drinking Water Act Compliance

Public water systems are required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to take many actions to provide safe drinking water.

The SDWA was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking (potable) water supplies. Over the years, there have been a number of changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act. These changes have made it more challenging to maintain compliance. The North Dakota Department of Health issues a Safe Drinking Water Act Certificate of Achievement as one way to recognize the public water systems that satisfied all applicable requirements during the previous calendar year.

In 2014, Southwest Water Authority complied with all applicable Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. To recognize this accomplishment, the North Dakota Department of Health issued Southwest Water Authority a Safe Drinking Water Act Certificate of Achievement.

Southwest Water Authority commends its water system staff for a job well done from which its consumers benefited.


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Dickinson, ND– February 25, 2015; — The 25th Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event was held Feb, 19-22, 2015, in Berkeley Springs, WV. Festivities included the annual International Water Tasting Contest, and for the 2nd consecutive year, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) was declared the fourth Best Tasting Tap Water in the World. Also receiving fourth place honors was Clearbrook, British Columbia, Canada, Montpelier, OH and Eldorado Springs, CO.

Ten media judges spent several hours tasting and selecting from nearly 100 waters sourced in 19 states, six Canadian provinces and six foreign countries.

“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges validates the choices,” remarked perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of waters entered.”

The water sample submitted by SWA for this year’s contest originated from the Water Treatment Plant in Dickinson. With water production and distribution increasing significantly over the past several years, SWA continues to meet and exceed the stringent water quality standards set forth by the EPA and the ND Department of Health.

Manager/CEO Mary Massad was thrilled on the news of SWA’s second award in as many weeks. “I am very excited for SWA, the SWPP, the SWC and our customers! This is the second year in a row to be so honored by Berkley Springs International Water Taste Competition. It is the second week in a row for SWPP water.” Massad added: “Last week, we won best tasting water in the state. It is because of our dedicated team, the SWC and our project engineers we are able to bring you award-winning water each and every time you turn on the tap. It is great to know SWA provides some of the best-tasting water in the state and in the world!”

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region. To date, 32 communities, more than 5,575 rural service locations, 28 contract customers, 23 raw-water customers, two additional rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots are served by the Project. Reaching new rural areas is dependent on everyone’s support. Southwest Water Authority continues its mission of Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.


IMG_5670Zap Water Reservoir Project Recognized by The North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association

For over two decades, the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association has honored industry partners who demonstrate excellence and overall dedication needed to win their annual highest projects award. For the year 2014, they identified projects, their promoters and builders who earned well deserved distinctions in the concrete industry.

The Zap Water Reservoir Project was selected as a 3-Star winner in the innovation category. The 1.6 million gallon water reservoir contains approximately 500 cubic yards of concrete which was chosen for the foundations ring walls and floors.

The tank floor was originally planned for 14 waterstop construction joints to accommodate the expected shrinkage of a traditional concrete placement. This implied a 13 week placement schedule for the reservoir floor.

More information can be found in the Hardfacts Special Edition published by the North Dakota Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association, Inc. 

Zap Water Reservoir

Owner – Southwest Water Authority, North Dakota State Water Commission

Engineer – Bartlett & West

Contractor – Engineering America

Supplier – Strata Corporation

Technology Support – BASF, Midwest Testing Laboratory/Terracon


 Southwest Water Authority Sponsors ‘Coffee with the Legislators Feb. 21, 2015

‘Coffee with the Legislators’, sponsored by Southwest Water Authority (SWA) was held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at City Hall in Dickinson, ND. A large crowd gathered and heard from Senate Majority Rich Wardner along with Representative Vicky Steiner, Representative Mike Lefor, Representative Mike Schatz and Representative Alan J. Fehr while master of ceremonies duties were conducted by SWA  manager/CEO Mary Massad.

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IMG_6184 - Version 2Southwest Water Authority Voted ‘Best Tasting Water in North Dakota’

Bismarck, ND:    Attendees at the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association’s (NDRWSA) 29th annual conference have found the best tasting water in North Dakota. On Thursday, February 12, the winner of a state-wide competition was announced in an effort to identify the tastiest water in the state and, participants hope, in the nation. SWA of Dickinson, ND took home top honors.

SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad credits her staff and the overall mission of the organization for the award. She stated: “The award winning water is from the Southwest Pipeline Project’s OMND (Oliver, Mercer, North Dunn) Water Treatment Plant north of Zap in Mercer County. Thank you to Grace Rixen-Hanford, Water Treatment Manager, and our operators for making award winning water each and every day to serve SWA customers.” Massad adds: “This state-of-the-art facility uses treatment which was designed by Jim Lennington and his team at Bartlett & West, with whom we share this honor.” Bartlett & West/AECOM is the joint venture Project Engineer for the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP).

The competition is part of a “Quality on Tap!” campaign to emphasize the high quality, standards and consequently, taste of rural water. As the overall winner, Southwest Water Authority will compete in a national contest on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in early 2016. This event is part of the Rural Water Rally, an annual congressional event for the 50 state affiliates of the National Rural Water Association.

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region. To date, 32 communities, more than 5,575 rural service locations, 28 contract customers, 23 raw-water customers, two additional rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots are served by the Project. Reaching new rural areas is dependent on everyone’s support. Southwest Water Authority continues its mission of Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.

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Southwest Water Authority Attends Legislative Social January 22

Southwest Water Authority along with other rural water systems from across the state attended a legislative social on January 22, 2015 at The Ramkota Inn in Bismarck. The event was hosted by North Dakota Rural Water System Association. Many senators and representatives along with members of the state’s water systems were in attendance enjoying an evening of food, fellowship and fun. Thank you ND Rural Water Systems for inviting Southwest Water Authority to this fabulous event!

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Southwest Water Authority Holds Legislative Social January 12

Southwest Water Authority held a legislative social at the Kelly Inn in Bismarck on Monday, January 12, 2015. Over 70 guests enjoyed an evening visiting with friends and colleagues from around the state of North Dakota. They also were updated on the latest SWA projects and plans for the upcoming year. Thank you to all who attended this fun event!


Halliday Informational Open House January 8, 2015

Southwest Water Authority (SWA) will be conducting an informational open house Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. MST at Halliday City Hall. The focus will be the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) North Dunn Service Area (Contract 7-9G). Representatives from SWA will be available to answer landowner questions regarding the details of requested easements in this service area. Landowners are urged to bring their SWA easements to be signed and notarized. With this contract being bid the first quarter of 2015, it is critical these items are discussed and the completion of the easement process be executed. Southwest Water Authority also urges all landowners who have not signed up for SWPP services to attend this informational open house or to please contact SWA’s Dickinson office. Anyone in northern Dunn, western Mercer or Oliver counties interested in the north Dunn Service Area are encouraged to please stop in during the open house. Informational Open House in Killdeer December 18, 2014 Southwest Water Authority (SWA) will be conducting an informational open house Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 1p.m. to 4p.m. MST at Killdeer City Hall. The focus will be the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) North Dunn Service Area (Contract 7-9G). Representatives from SWA will be available to answer landowner questions regarding the details of requested easements in this service area. Landowners are urged to bring their SWA easements to be signed and notarized. With this contract being bid the first quarter of 2015, it is critical these items are discussed and the completion of the easement process be executed. Southwest Water Authority also urges all landowners who have not signed up for SWPP services to attend this informational open house or to please contact SWA’s Dickinson office. Anyone in northern Dunn, western Mercer or Oliver counties interested in the north Dunn Service Area are encouraged to please stop in during the open house.


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 Missouri River Stakeholders Holders meet at BSC for Fall Workshop

A group of North Dakotans wants to unite to take on issues surrounding the Missouri River. Its organizers say their voices are often not heard because they don’t include enough different people.This group would change that.

It’s called the North Dakota Missouri River Stakeholders.And its goal is to come to a consensus on issues, then take them on with one powerful voice.The Missouri River Stakeholders held a workshop at the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence on Thursday, November 20. “These are the people that are on the ground, they are local water resource districts, they’re local water managers, they’re the city administrators, that type of deal. They know what they’re interested in. They know what to advocate for their interests on the river. Let’s hear it and try to make it a reality,” says Ryan Norrell of the ND Missouri River Stakeholders. The group is working to find common ground on issues.When it does, it will work on how to best organize its efforts.Learn more about the Missouri River Stakeholders at http://www.ndmrs.com/ Watch the KXNET news story about the event below. http://www.kxnet.com/story/27444745/missouri-river-stakeholders-meet-in-bismarck#.VG6ljeDZU4I.gmail

Senator Heidi Heitkamp at SWAHeitkamp decries Army Corps for water charges: Senator: ‘We have to bring the promise of water to those who wait’

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., decried U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attempts to charge for Lake Sakakawea water during a visit to Dickinson on Friday afternoon. Heitkamp met with leaders of the Southwest Water Authority, which provides water to about 56,000 residents in and around southwest North Dakota. Last week, the U.S. Senate sent the Water Resources Reform and Development Act to President Barack Obama, with a provision presented by Heitkamp barring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to charge North Dakota residents for water. Read More»

 

 


Southwest Water Authority Achieves Certificate of Compliance for Safe Drinking Water Act

April 14, 2014: Southwest Water Authority has received a Certificate of Compliance for Safe Drinking Water Act from the North Dakota Department of Health. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) applies to every public water system in the United States. Southwest Water Authority’s five public water systems each achieved this Certificate of Compliance. These public water systems include service from the Water Treatment Plant in Dickinson, the OMND (Oliver, Mercer, North Dunn) Water Treatment Plant north of Zap, Crown Butte, Junction Inn and Tower Hill pocket areas in Morton County. Read More»


Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

March 12, 2014: Frozen pipes are a serious risk across Southwest North Dakota as the unexpected cold temperatures and deep freeze can cause pipes to freeze. There are ways to consider preventing and thawing of a frozen water pipe:

  • Check all faucets in your home to find out if you have frozen pipes, if one pipe freezes, others may too. Check around the home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • To determine the location of a frozen pipe, run your hand along the accessible water pipe while feeling for extremely cold spots. If a cold portion of the pipe is encountered, thaw it gently by applying heat to it. Use heating methods such as an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer or by wrapping the pipes with a towel soaked in hot water.
  • DO NOT use a propane torch, kerosene or portable heater, or other open flame devices to thaw pipes. These devices could cause a rupture of the water line and is also a fire hazard for the home. Electrically heating water lines by using a welder only works on metallic lines. It will not work on any plastic, pex or pvc piping.

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Guy Mischel AwaGuy Mischel and Mary Massadrded 2014 Outstanding Water Works Employee

March 11, 2014: Guy Mischel, Southwest Water Authority’s Water Treatment Plant Operator IV, has been recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Water Works Employee by the North Dakota Rural Water System Association at the annual EXPO on February 18, 2014 in Fargo, North Dakota. The award is given once a year to a water operator or rural water system manager with outstanding leadership abilities and extraordinary accomplishments in water operations beyond the normal requirements of the job. Read More»

 


Fracking and Water Use - Feb2014Facts About ND Fracking And Water Use

March 7, 2014: The North Dakota State Water Commission has recently completed a new fact sheet entitled “Facts About North Dakota Fracking and Water Use.” The new fact sheet covers a broad range of topics related to oil production in North Dakota, with a special emphasis on water use and water appropriation issues. The fact sheet is available for download here.

 

 

 


 SWA Places Fourth for Best Tasting Tap Water

Water Tasting Contest JudgesMarch 4, 2014: The Judges of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest recently declared Southwest Water Authority fourth for best tasting tap water. The 24th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest was hosted Thursday, February 20 through Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The best tap water in the world hailed from Clearbrook, BC, Canada, followed by the best in the USA which was Santa Ana, CA. Hamilton, OH, placed second and Greenwood BC, Canada, placed third. Southwest Water Authority tied for fourth place with Montpelier, OH. This was the second time Southwest Water Authority has entered the contest, moving up two places from sixth place in 2013. Read More»

 

 

 


SWA Urges Property Owners to Grant Easements

March 3, 2014: Southwest Water Authority continues to ask all landowners for easements in Oliver, southern Mercer and northern Morton Counties. Vital to the Project, 55% of the easements for this Service area have been signed, notarized and returned. More easements are needed, however, before the Project can be bid and the water pipeline can be installed. Read more»


No water worries: Safeguards, contingency plans throughout Southwest Water system means repeat of W.Va. incident unlikely here

Southwest Water Authority Dave LupoNine days ago, residents of West Virginia noticed something strange about their water — it smelled like liquorice. The smell was caused by 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used to wash impurities off coal. About 7,500 gallons of the chemical made it into the Elk River, the nine-county region’s source for drinking water, affecting 300,000 people.The Missouri and Little Missouri rivers flow through the heart of North Dakota’s Oil Patch. The Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea feed much of western North Dakota’s drinking water. With so much industrial development in the Lake Sakakawea area, the threat of a spill grows greater, but there is also much more regulation and safeguards in the area compared with the events that occurred in West Virginia. “West Virginia’s a little bit different from North Dakota,” said Dave Glatt, chief of the environmental health department of the North Dakota Department of Health. The Army Corps of Engineers controls the shores of Lake Sakakawea, so very little development is allowed right next to the lake, Glatt said. Lake Sakakawea was on the list of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s extraordinary sites, which proposed to add a no-development barrier of up to 2 miles around key landmarks in the state. “The farther away from the water source, the better it is,” Glatt said. “If certain activities are going to go on, such as oil production and development, you may not be able to locate quite that far away.” There are several contingency plans in place if a spill were to happen on the lake, Glatt said. “They look at the time of travel of a water molecule basically on the surface and how long it would take to get to an intake,” Glatt said. “They look at about a 10- to 15-day travel time upstream from where the intake is, taking a look at any type of activities that may occur upstream. So a spill may occur, but it gives the water system some time to react.” The state has been performing tabletop exercises with local and federal authorities to run through the “what ifs,” Glatt said. This allows each agency to know its place and be prepared for a spill. Read More»


No More Brown Water – The Joy of Drinking Clear Tap Water Knopiks_webFor nearly ten years, Chris and Traci Knopik and family endured a lot of things brown. All of their appliances were stained brown including the bathtub, the toilets, sinks, not for lack of being cleaned. Clothes and linens couldn’t be kept white either. Nothing could take the brown out of the water that came up from his four wells on this agricultural property which he farmed with his father for some 250 range cows, five miles outside of Dickinson. Better suited for ice tea or coffee, the water, he says, was drinkable, just not so desirable for the household. The father of two adopted children from India and Ethiopia has seen what really poor quality water is. Two years ago while visitng his second daughter’s birthplace, he witnessed Ethiopians walking miles every day to haul water from the stream; unfiltered water, and washing their clothes in the same muddy streams where cattle drink. “We shouldn’t complain for what we have in North Dakota, ” says Knopik who works for a coal mine and wears many other hats as well. A diesel mechanic, rope technician, EMT, and firefighter, Knopik and family recently moved to Mercer County, near the community of Hazen, where he has become the first homeowner in this rural community to receive water from the Southwest Pipeline Project. But, it’s not the first time he experienced water from SWA. He is a repeat customer having lived in Dickinson before and was very excited to get hooked up to it again. “This water is similar to bottled spring water; it’s clear, tastes great, doesn’t stain anything, has constant pressure compared to a well kicking in and out; we really appreciate having quailty water,” said Knopik. For the past eight years in Mercer County, they hauled water to drink. About every three weeks, the family went through at least 20 gallons just for drinkng. The well produced a high degree of minerals, similar to their previous water-staining experience. This water also proved to be too high in minerals to maintain their 1/4 acre vegetable garden. That meant hauling 900 gallons of water every week during the summer to grow their corn, potatoes, peas, and tomatoes. The long anticpated day to get quality water finally arrived. Gary, the water operator from SWA, was kind enough to wait two hours because the trench Knopik dug didn’t go far enough. “Their customer service is excellent,” said Knopik, “and it really helped that Gary has a good sense of humor because the plumber forgot to tighten something which caused the main line to blow, and that, you can imagine, completely soaked Gary to the core!” The pressure was reset and the Knopick family is enjoying clear and tasty tap water; thanks to SWA.


SWA Places 6th Internationally For Best Tasting Water

The Judges of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest recently declared Southwest Water Authority 4th in the United States and 6th internationally for Best Tasting Water. The 23rd Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes waters from across the country and around the globe. Held in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest and longest-running water-tasting competition in the world. Judges are trained to rate the waters on attributes of taste, smell and clarity by founding water master and internationally recognized water expert, Arthur von Wiesenberger. Judges for the 2013 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting include freelance journalists and representatives from a variety of media outlets including NBC-TV and VA Public Radio. This was the first time North Dakota was represented in the contest and now there are only three states that have not entered – one being South Dakota. Among the entries were former gold medal winners from Los Angeles and Desert Hot Springs, as well as a long list of Ohio water systems hoping to duplicate their state’s success in past years. International waters include Bosnia, Japan, Canada and South Korea, as well as first-ever entries from Chile, Georgia and Thailand. “Over the life of the water tasting, we’ve had entrants from 45 countries representing every continent but Africa,” said Jill Klein Rone, longtime staff producer of the event. And she added, “We consider it the Academy Awards of Water.”

 

 

 


Jim Lennington, Friend of Rural Water 2013 Award

Jim Lennington, a Bartlett & West Project Manager in the Bismarck office, was recognized by the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association with the Friend of Rural Water award. This award is given to an individual whose support and actions over the past years have helped the NDRWSA improve the water quality to all citizens of North Dakota. North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association (NDRWSA) is a non-profit, independent corporation governed by an elected board of directors. The association was formed thirty-six years ago on July 9, 1974, in an effort to coordinate rural water system programs on a statewide basis. NDRWSA exists to enhance the quality of life in small communities by providing training, technical assistance, and representation to public water and wastewater utilities, while maintaining environmental integrity. Nominated by SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad said, “Jim has played and continues to play a key role in the development of North Dakota’s rural water systems. Development of the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) is a typical example of his commitment and dedication to bringing quality water to many citizens in our great state. For the past 16 years, our system has been privileged to work with Jim on this large scale regional water system that is so critical to the economic stability of southwest North Dakota, a project considered by many to be a role model for regional water systems.”


Gov. signs bill providing $21M now for SW ND water projects

BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law House Bill 1269 on Thursday, making $21 million immediately available for the Southwest Water Pipeline’s rural water projects in southwest North Dakota. Read More…


Southwest Water Authority Wins Water Fluoridation Quality Award

The North Dakota Department of Health announced that the Southwest Water Authority (SWA), headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota, has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in the water to a level that is optimal for preventing tooth decay. The award recognizes those communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2011. Read More…


Southwest Water Authority Pays Back

47% to the Resources Trust Fund Read More…