May 14-20 is Aquatic Nuisance Species Awareness Week in North Dakota in an effort to raise the public’s understanding of the preventative steps recreationists need to follow to stop the introduction and spread of ANS in the state’s waterways.
ANS are nonnative plants, animals or pathogens that can affect the ecology of our lakes and rivers and the economic and recreational value of those waterways.
ANS Spread Prevention Tips
- Inspect your boat, trailer, motor, and other recreational equipment, including your water sports gear, waders, and anchor.
- Remove all plants, animals, and mud from your equipment.
- Drain all water from your livewells, ballast tanks, engine, and remember to pull all plugs that may hold back water during overland transport.
Drinking Water Week May 7-13, 2023
Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors signed a proclamation declaring May 7-13 Drinking Water Week.
Pictured: L to R: Dunn County Director Glenn Eckelberg; City of Dickinson Director George Nodland, SWA Manager/CEO Jen Murray; Mercer County Director Kaylene Klein; Oliver County Director Mike Tietz.
Dickinson City Commission Proclaims May 7-13, 2023, as Drinking Water Week
Drinking Water Week provides water professionals and communities an opportunity to highlight the importance of quality water as an essential element of public health and hygiene, and a vital part of a vibrant economy. Dickinson City Commission unanimously approved the proclamation declaring May 7-13, 2023, Drinking Water Week.
AWWA: Together, Let’s Get the Lead Out
Drinking water is typically free of lead and copper when it leaves the treatment plant. However, water can absorb lead and copper as it passes through pipes on its way to consumers. Lead and copper enter drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. The Southwest Pipeline Project does not expect to find lead materials in our utility infrastructure, but lead and copper may be present within your home plumbing. Our utility is developing a lead service line inventory to make sure everyone understands if their home is at risk.
Click on the video below for more information on lead service lines and drinking water.
Senator Rich Wardner presented with Resolution of Appreciation
Senator Rich Wardner has served the state of North Dakota in the Legislature for more than 30 years. His leadership, support, and commitment to the people of North Dakota, especially southwest North Dakota, have played a significant role in the success of the Southwest Pipeline Project. His dedication, advocacy, and knowledge has been an invaluable asset. The SWA Board of Directors, Management, and Staff are grateful for all you have done and do wish you well in your future endeavors!
Pictured: Adams County Director, Jonathon Eaton; Morton County Director, Bruce Engelhardt; Senator Rich Wardner; SWA Manager/CEO, Jen Murray; and Hettinger County Director, Don Schaible.
Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors held their bi-annual Retreat this week. The Board of Directors, Consultants, and SWA Management spent two days sharing ideas, planning for the future, and collaborating on our continued vision of People and Business Succeeding with Quality Water. Stark County Director, Curtis Glasoe, and Mercer County Director, Kaylene Klein cut the cake to celebrate 30 years of SWA.
Back row: Dave Juntunen, Slope County; George Nodland, City of Dickinson; Harold Gaugler, Grant County; Rick Siefert, Bowman County; Don Schaible, Hettinger County; Glenn Eckelberg, Dunn County; Jarrett Hillius, Department of Water Resources; Jason Bentz, City of Dickinson; Andy Erickson, Water Distribution Manager; Bob Leingang, City of Mandan; Curtis Glasoe, Stark County; Mark Begger, Golden Valley County; Tyson Decker, Bartlett & West; Bruce Engelhardt, Morton County; Mike Tietz, Oliver County; and Jonathon Eaton, Adams County.
Front row: Kaylene Klein, Mercer County; Grace Rixen, Water Treatment Manager; Jen Murray, Manager/CEO; James Odermann, Billings County; Ledeanna O’Shields, CFO/Office Administrator; Sindhu S.Pillai-Grinolds, Department of Water Resources, and Misti Conzemius, Marketing Manager.
Grace Rixen, Southwest Water Authority’s Water Treatment Manager has been recognized as the 2022 Outstanding Water Works Employee by the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association at the 36th Annual Conference and EXPO in Fargo on February 2, 2022. 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.
“Grace’s hard work, knowledge, and dedication to Southwest Water Authority make her an excellent candidate for this award,” said Jen Murray, Manager/CEO of SWA. “Grace has gone above and beyond in order to ensure that our customers receive quality treated water each and every time they turn on the tap.”
“It is an honor to have been nominated,” Rixen said, “this award is a reflection of the excellent team of water treatment plant operators at SWA. It is because of each of them we are able to provide quality water to southwest North Dakota.”
Photo 1: Jen Murray, Grace Rixen, Brad Stieg, and Joe Froehlich
Photo 2: Back Row: Chairperson James Odermann, Director Mark Begger, Director Bob Leingang, Jim Lennington, Keegan Richards, Tyson Decker, and Jack Fletcher.
Front Row: Joe Froelich, Brad Stieg, Grace Rixen, and Jen Murray
Meet Our New Manager/CEO
Known for her strong sense of team responsibility, resilience, and loyalty, meet Jenifer Murray (Jen) the new Manager/CEO of Southwest Water Authority (SWA). Murray is now responsible for ensuring SWA stays on mission and continues to deliver its award-winning quality drinking water, 365 days a year, 24/7.
A North Dakota native, Jen grew up in Wishek and has spent the last 15 years in Dickinson. Prior to accepting the new position, Jen served eight years as the Executive Assistant to SWA’s previous Manager/CEO, Mary Massad. Murray holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Dickinson State University and a Certificate in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Southwest Water Authority Honors Brian Roth With Resolution Of Appreciation
Dickinson, ND – January 4, 2022 – The late Brian Roth was posthumously honored with a Resolution of Appreciation for his 29 years of service as a member of the Southwest Water Authority Board of Directors. The resolution was presented Monday, January 3, 2022, at the board’s monthly meeting.
Accepting the resolution were Roth’s wife Gloria and their son, Troy. Gloria spoke of Brian’s dedication to getting quality water to the residents of the county and the region and the positive relationship he had with “his water family,” referring to the SWA board and the water community throughout North Dakota.
Brian was recognized for his “vision, leadership and dedication which has enabled the Southwest Pipeline Project to provide water to the residents of southwestern North Dakota.” SWA manager/CEO Jen Murray cited Brian’s “distinctive leadership and perseverance . . . demonstrated in his dedication to defining and refining the very mission of the Southwest Pipeline Project.” He received the statewide “Water Wheel Award” for his service at the 2019 North Dakota Water Users Convention.
Southwest Water Authority chairperson James Odermann praised Brian as “the longest serving member of the board of directors for the Southwest Water Authority. He represented Grant County and SWA with unflappable integrity, intense commitment to excellence and a commitment of service to his constituents, the Southwest Water Authority and the state of North Dakota.”
Southwest Water Authority was established in 1991 by the North Dakota Legislature, as a political subdivision that now manages, operates and maintains the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP). SWA is governed by a 15-member, publicly-elected board of directors representing the following counties: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Slope and Stark, as well as the cities of Dickinson and Mandan. Today, SWA celebrates its 30th year of providing award-winning, quality water to southwest North Dakota.
SWA recently committed to expanding service to under-served areas. Grant County is included in the proposed expansion project area. Sign-up meetings are scheduled January 19, 2022, in Elgin and Carson.
“This expansion was a major goal of Brian’s,” Odermann said. “He was a major proponent of making sure that rural residents and producers who missed out in the initial construction phase would be able to receive an adequate quantity of high-quality water during this upcoming campaign.”
Individuals wanting more information can contact the SWA office at 701-225-0241 or 1-888-425-0241.
Photo: Slope County Director, Dave Juntunen, Troy Roth, Gloria Roth, Hettinger County Director Don Schaible, and SWA Manager/CEO Jen Murray.
Distinguished Service and Water Wheels Awarded at the 58th Annual Water Convention
Back Row: Jim Lennington, Shawn Grinolds, Bruce Englehardt, Larry Bares, Bob Leingang, George Saxowsky, Tyson Decker Front Row: Jen Murray, Sindhuja Pillai-Grinolds, Mary Massad, Jim Odermann, Leona Odermann
At the 58th Annual Joint ND Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop, Sindhuja Pillai-Grinolds, Mary Massad, and James Odermann were recognized for their pivotal guidance, dedicated leadership, and admirable years of service to water in North Dakota.
Mary earned the Upper Missouri Water Association’s Distinguished Service Award for her unwavering professionalism as Manager/CEO for Southwest Water Authority and for her advocacy for water development across the region. Mary's leadership roles have been multi-faceted, and throughout her career she has worn many hats including, establishing innovative collaborations, promoting forward-thinking community outreach, engaging in numerous organizations, and consistently campaigning for smart, efficient infrastructure.
The Water Wheel Award is given to those who demonstrate a commitment to protect and manage North Dakota’s water resources. Sindhu received the Water Wheel Award and has been an invaluable member of the Department of Water Resources' team since 2005. She is currently the project manager for the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) and has served in this capacity since 2011. Sindhu continues to make a positive impact on the management, development, and use of North Dakota's water resources.
Jim, currently the Chairperson, has served more than 25 years on the Southwest Water Authority’s board of directors and has been instrumental in defining and refining the very mission of the Southwest Pipeline Project. Jim, recently appointed as a State Water Commission member, has remained steadfast in communicating the importance of quality water for the livelihood and future of the state of North Dakota. His accomplishments lift him alongside the many who have received the prestigious Water Wheel Award.
Congratulations Sindhu, Mary, and Chairperson Odermann!
Southwest Water Authority Selects Smart Meter Technology
Southwest Water Authority (SWA) is pleased to announce the addition of Smart Earth Technologies’ (SET) cellular-based water meter data management for the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP). This choice will allow SWA to leverage SET’s unique ability to integrate with existing water meters and existing cellular networks. This deployment of new technology will enable SWA to lower its traditional meters costs and delays often associated with earlier generation meter data management.
Mary Massad, Manager/CEO for SWA, commented, “We were immediately attracted to the modern, cellular, standards-based approach of Smart Earth Technologies’ (SET) for its rapid operational benefits and customer satisfaction improvements. We have already deployed these meters in about half of our service territory. SET has already reduced our advanced metering infrastructure costs and delivered on-going operational savings. The SWA operation’s team views the SET software as industry-leading and easy-to-use. Quality water for southwest North Dakota is what we do, and these new meters are expected to assist us with staying on that mission.”
Southwest Water Authority RECEIVES GOLD MEDAL For Its Best Tasting Rural Water In North Dakota
The Judges of the North Dakota Rural Water Association’s water tasting contest recently awarded Southwest Water Authority (SWA) first place for the taste and clarity of its water. This is the second time SWA has placed first in the state for its best tasting rural tap water. The drinking waters were judged based on three attributes: clarity, bouquet, and taste.
“As we celebrate 30-years of providing quality water, this award was accepted on behalf of everyone at Southwest Water Authority. This honor is only possible because of the professional staff and certified operators who always go above and beyond when it comes to great-tasting, safe drinking water, 24/7, no matter the circumstance,” stated Mary Massad, SWA Manager/CEO.
This great American water taste test is the nation’s largest rural water taste contest. The winners of each state-wide competition, SWA in North Dakota, will now compete for the best tasting water in the country at the National Rural Water Association’s annual national competition being held in Washington D.C.
Southwest Water Authority places 3rd at Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest!
The Judges of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest recently awarded North Dakota’s Southwest Water Authority (SWA) the bronze medal, placing third in the United States for its best tasting tap water in the world.
The 31st Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest was held Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The nine judges spent hours rating the waters based on clarity and taste from tap waters sourced from the United States, Canada and 14 other countries. They were instructed by perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger, to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines like those in a wine tasting.
"It was another amazing year for SWA having again been recognized at one of the longest running and largest water tasting contests in the world," remarked SWA’s Manager/CEO, Mary Massad. SWA has been entering the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest since 2013, consistently placing among the top ten. “Hats off to our staff, Board of Directors, the State Water Commission, consultants, partners and supporters for their hard work and efforts. Because of them we are able to serve award-winning tap water each and every time you turn on the tap”.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Awareness Week May 16-22
Drinking Water Week May 2-8, 2021
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 2-8, 2021. This year’s theme is “There When You Need It.”.
“Tap water continues to serve an integral role in meeting our daily hygiene needs during the coronavirus pandemic,” 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. Water professionals at SWA work
tirelessly to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’ 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 40 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.
North Dakota Water Coalition Applauds Historic Investment in Water
The North Dakota Water Coalition applauds the historic investment in water pledged by the State of North Dakota in the 2021 Legislative Session. With the signing of House Bill 1020 and House Bill 1431 in the last week, the State of North Dakota has allocated nearly $1 billion in investment in critical water development and water management projects.
House Bill 1020, which appropriates funds for the State Water Commission operations and cost-share grants, contains more than $466 million for regional water supply projects, flood control efforts, irrigation projects, and rural and municipal water development.
House Bill 1431 authorizes the state to issue bonds to complete the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project and the Mouse River Flood Control Project. With this bill, the legislature approved issuance of $510 million in bonds, paid using Legacy Fund earnings, to be put towards completing these important projects.
“The almost $1 billion investment by the State of North Dakota, approved this legislative session, speaks volumes about the importance of water infrastructure to the continued growth of North Dakota. On behalf of the North Dakota Water Coalition members, we offer sincere thanks to Governor Doug Burgum and the legislature for their dedication to serving the citizens of this great state,” said Ken Royse, North Dakota Water Coalition chairman.
The North Dakota Water Coalition is an organization of water projects and political subdivisions—including water and irrigation districts, regional and rural water systems, flood control projects, and city and state water groups.
Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Assistance Program
Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Assistance Program
Southwest Water Authority Achieves Certification of Achievement for Safe Drinking Water Act!
Southwest Water Authority has once again received Certificates of Achievement for Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ). The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) applies to every public water system in the United States. Southwest Water Authority’s five public water systems achieved this Certificate of Achievement. These public water systems include service from the Water Treatment Plants in Dickinson, the OMND Water Treatment Plant, and 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 in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public
drinking water supplies. Over the years, there have been a number of changes to the SDWA. These changes have made
it more challenging to maintain compliance. The NDDEQ issues a SDWA Certificate of Achievement as one way to
recognize the public water systems who meet all applicable requirements during the previous calendar year. Southwest
Water Authority Manager/CEO Mary Massad states, “Our number one priority has always been and will always be
quality water for southwest North Dakota.” 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 quality water to those we serve.”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets national standards for drinking water to ensure
consistent quality in our nation’s water supply. The NDDEQ requires a yearly assessment for all of the State’s public
water systems. SWA continues to meet and exceed all EPA, SDWA and NDDEQ standards and requirements to
consistently provide southwest North Dakota with great-tasting, award winning, quality water. For more information
on Southwest Water Authority’s quality water visit www.swwater.com.
Larry Bares Receives The Commodore Award!
The North Dakota Water Users Association has awarded Director Larry Bares, City of Dickinson, with the Commodore Award during the 2020 North Dakota Water Convention. The Commodore Award is the highest honor given by the North Dakota Water Users Association and recipients are approved by the Governor. Those receiving the award hold the rank of Commodore in the North Dakota’s Mythical Navy. Congratulations Larry!
Mary Massad Receives The Riverman Award!
The 2020 Missouri River Joint Water Board has awarded Mary Massad the Riverman Award during the 2020 North Dakota Water Convention. The Riverman Award signifies appreciation for a lifetime of leadership, resource management and water development in the Missouri River Corridor. Congratulations Mary!
Grace Rixen Recieves Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award!
Congratulations to Southwest Water Authority Water Treatment Manager, Grace Rixen! Grace has been awarded with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. SWA Water Treatment Operator, Jesse Penor, serves in the North Dakota National Guard and nominated Grace for the Patriot Award due to her support in Jesse’s National Guard career and schedule. This award is given to individual supervisors for their contribution to national security and protection of liberty and freedom through support of employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. Southwest Water Authority is a proud supporter of the US Military and appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce. Thank you Jesse for your service, and Congrats Grace on becoming a Patriot Award recipient.
Governor Burgum Proclaims July, Lakes Appreciation Month
Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed July Lakes Appreciation Month in North Dakota. When thinking of North Dakota, images of the Badlands, wheat and corn fields, and even oil wells will most likely pop into your mind before lakes. However, you may be surprised to learn that North Dakota has about 4,500 lakes. Of that number, 450 lakes have public access and some degree of oversight.
North Dakota lakes are desirable destinations for boating, fishing, camping and swimming. Lake festivities in the summer and fishing derbies in both summer and winter attract in-state and out-of-state recreational enthusiasts alike.
Most state residents get their drinking water from groundwater or river sources. However, about 67,000 North Dakotans depend on a lake for their source of drinking water.
As you venture out to your favorite lake for a fishing trip, a weekend of camping or just a leisurely boat ride, remember it depends on you to help keep the shorelines clean and the water Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) free. Most importantly…If You Pack It In…Pack It Out!
To help celebrate Lakes Appreciation Month, consider leading or taking part in activities such as:
• Organizing a lake cleanup project
• Organizing a biking or hiking event at a local lake
• Helping organize a local lake festival
The press release and proclamation can be viewed below.
Agencies Partner For Free COVID-19 Testing in Dickinson
Southwest Water Authority (SWA), in collaboration with the Southwestern District Health Unit (SDHU), the North Dakota National Guard, Stark County Sherriff’s Department, Dickinson Police Department, Stark County Emergency Management, Dickinson State University (DSU) and other local community agencies, are partnering to provide a free, public COVID-19 testing opportunity Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MDT in the parking lot of the Biesiot Activities Center (398 State Ave.) in Dickinson.
"DSU is pleased to assist in hosting this community testing event,” said DSU President Steve Easton. “We encourage all to participate."
“It’s a good time to get tested after all the July 4th activities to slow the spread,” said SDHU Executive Officer Sherry Adams. “To ease traffic flow, we ask the public to avoid the area if possible. Although businesses and residences in the area will remain accessible during the event, we ask that traffic in the area be minimal and cautious of parked cars on the route.”
Save time by completing the online screening questionnaire at https://testreg.nd.gov/ prior to arrival. Completing the preregistration will help to speed up the drive-thru process. Each individual is encouraged to complete the online assessment, however, it is not mandatory. Anyone who wishes to be tested (all ages) are welcome to participate in this throat swab testing event.
The press releases can be viewed below.
Recreationists and Livestock Producers Encouraged to Be Aware of Blue-green Algae
Hot summer weather contributes to the production of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in bodies of water that are used by people, pets and livestock. Blue-green algae discolors the water and can cause foam, scum, or mats to appear on the surface. In severe cases, the water can have the appearance of spilled green paint or green pea soup.
Blue-green algae can also produce toxins in the water called cyanotoxins. People and animals that swallow water containing cyanotoxins can become sick with diarrhea and vomiting; numb lips, tingling fingers and toes; dizziness; or rashes, hives or skin blisters. In severe cases of exposure from ingesting contaminated water, cyanotoxins can result in death. There are no known antidotes for the cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. Children are at a higher risk than adults for illness because of their smaller size. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) does test water for toxins and, if they are detected, issues advisories to the public. However, because it can take time to receive test results, people are urged to be cautious and avoid waters that look discolored, scummy, or have a foul odor.
According to Aaron Larsen with the NDDEQ Division of Water Quality, algae blooms are most common in North Dakota in late summer, however, it only takes a few hot days to cause the algae to bloom.
“Whether its cyanotoxins caused by blue-green algae or toxic water due to increased salts and sulfates, cattle can develop adverse clinical signs, including death,” says Dr. Michelle Mostrom with North Dakota State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Both the NDDEQ and the Department of Agriculture recommend these steps to avoid exposure to cyanotoxins:
• Respect advisories announced by public health authorities.
• Do not swim, water ski, or boat in areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum or mats of green or blue-green algae on the water.
• If you accidentally swim in water that might have a cyanobacteria bloom, rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible.
• Do not let pets or livestock swim in or drink from areas where the water is discolored or where you see foam, scum, or mats of algae.
• If pets (especially dogs) swim in scummy water, rinse them off immediately – do not let them lick the algae (and toxins) off.
• Do not irrigate lawns or golf courses with pond water that looks scummy or smells bad.
For more information about the effects of blue-green algae blooms on pets and livestock, contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division at 701.328.2655. For more information on public health issues or to report a suspected blue-green algae bloom, go to the NDDEQ harmful algal blooms website at https://deq.nd.gov/WQ/3_Watershed_Mgmt/8_HABS/Habs.aspx or contact the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality at 701.328.5210.
For more information contact:
Division of Water Quality - Watershed Management Program
918 East Divide Ave | Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
PHONE: 701.328.5210 | EMAIL: email@example.com
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
Animal Health Division
Drinking Water Week May 3-9, 2020.
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 3-9, 2020. This year the theme is "There when you need it".
For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Drinking Water Week is celebrated the first full week in May each year. Please join AWWA as we celebrate drinking water!
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM SOUTHWEST WATER AUTHORITY
Researchers Warn About Water Quality in COVID-19 Closed Buildings
Properly Flushed/Sanitized Pipes Help Prevent Waterborne Diseases
While schools, gyms and other buildings have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the quality of water left sitting in their pipes cause waterborne diseases. In buildings all over the United States, water left sitting for just three weeks, due to an unprecedented decline in water use can cause a potential water-quality problem.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidance to ensure building water systems and end-use devices are properly managed after a prolonged shutdown: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html
Additional information from the CDC includes the 8 steps to take before your business or building reopens: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/wmp/toolkit/index.html
To our Customers and Communities
Beginning Tuesday, March 17 our lobby will be closed to non-employees until further notice. Our focus is on the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners, communities and all those we serve.
We realize the impact a closure can have on our customers. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact us by phone, (701) 225-0241. We have several options for payments:
• By mail – 4665 2nd Street SW, Dickinson, ND 58601
• Drop-off – There is a drop-box located right outside our office, under the Southwest Water Authority sign, as well as two locations in Dickinson. One at Family Fare West and Family Fare Downtown.
• Online – Please visit our website at www.swwater.com
Please be assured Southwest Water Authority is takings steps to ensure customers continue to have access to safe, clean and award-winning tap water during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has spread across the world and is now a rising public health concern.
If you have any questions or need help with online payments, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Telephone: (701) 225-0241 or toll-free at 1-888-425-0241
Southwest Water Authority Takes Steps to Protect Public Health
Quality water for southwest North Dakota is and will continue to be our first priority and it has never been more important than during the coronavirus outbreak we are all facing today.
Please be assured Southwest Water Authority is taking steps to ensure customers continue to have access to safe, clean and award-winning tap water during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has spread across the world and is now a rising public health concern.
This global pandemic is evidence of how important access to clean water is to protect human health, and we want to do everything we can to help prevent the spread of the virus. Public health in the United States and most assuredly in North Dakota are doing a great job for all of us.
Southwest Water Authority (SWA) treats your water with disinfection, ozone and filtration to effectively kill viruses. More information is available on our website.
For more information, please visit the North Dakota Department of Health, the CDC, the EPA and WHO’s web pages for the latest updates:
ND Department of Health: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus
ND Department of Health: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus
EPA’s website with answers to your questions on drinking water: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and evaluate additional measures to support our employees, Board of Directors, customers, partners, communities and all those we serve.
SOUTHWEST WATER AUTHORITY PLACES FIFTH FOR BEST TASTING TAP WATER
The Judges of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest recently declared Southwest Water Authority fifth for best tasting tap water. The 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest was hosted Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2020, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
The best tap water in the world hailed from Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, CA. Mackay, Queensland, Australia, placed second, Ville de Senneterre, Québec, Canada, placed third and Santa Ana, CA, placed fourth. “Congratulations! Having a dedicated staff that takes pride in their work is key to consistently producing a winning product. You and your team continue to produce and provide quality drinking water to a great number of North Dakotans,” said North Dakota State Engineer, Garland Erbele.
During the contest, twelve media judges spent hours tasting and selecting from over 100 waters sourced in 19 states, five Canadian provinces and 16 foreign countries. “Our total of countries over the life of the event is 722 including waters from Tasmania, Turkey, Bosnia, Greece and Australia,” said Jeanne Mozier, an event founder. The judges rated the waters on each attribute including appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste.
Focus on Cybersecurity in October and year-round
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is offering updated resources to help water systems with cybersecurity risk management.
The newly-revised Water Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Guidance, and a supporting Assessment Tool, help water systems evaluate and improve their cybersecurity risk management. The revisions incorporate cyber provisions in America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, which mandates that drinking water systems serving more than 3,300 people conduct risk assessments and update emergency response plans, including addressing the resilience and security of electronic, computer and other automated systems.
The update also maintains the resources’ alignment with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework prepared in response to Executive Order 13636. AWWA’s Cybersecurity Guidance & Assessment Tool is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and NIST as a voluntary, sector-specific approach for helping water systems evaluate and implement cybersecurity controls.
Training on the new Cybersecurity Guidance & Assessment Tool is part of AWWA’s Utility Risk & Resilience Certificate Program.“Given the frequency of attacks of varying degrees of sophistication, every utility should assume they will be attacked,” said Kevin Morley (pictured left), AWWA’s manager of federal relations. “This is about risk management, so it’s critical to take appropriate precautions and implement best practices to mitigate the consequences.”
AWWA’s new complementary report, Cybersecurity Risk & Responsibility in the Water Sector, was prepared to support utility leaders. The report notes that “cyber risk is the top threat facing business and critical infrastructure in the United States.” It urges utility leadership to devote considerable attention to ensuring that the necessary resources are devoted to cybersecurity preparedness and response, both from a technical and a governance perspective.
The report, authored by Judith Germano, professor and distinguished fellow at New York University’s Center for Cybersecurity, provides legal and risk management insights for integrating cybersecurity into an enterprise risk management process. The executive summary notes that the water and wastewater sector is under a direct threat from multiple adversaries, including foreign governments and criminal actors who threaten the security of the water sector’s operations and data.
“All combined, AWWA’s risk and resilience resources provide a utility with a robust framework that facilitates compliance with AWIA and provided the means by which it can demonstrate due diligence,” Morley added.
EPA Launches ‘See a Bloom, Give It Room’ High School Video Challenge
Students invited to submit videos that raise awareness about harmful algal blooms
DENVER – (Sept. 19, 2019) - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 7 and 8 announced the launch of the “See a Bloom, Give It Room” High School Video Challenge. The competition, supported by EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is calling for videos from high school students (grades 9-12) that promote public awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking.
Students are asked to create public safety videos (under 2 minutes in length) that explain how to spot harmful algal blooms and how people and their pets should be safe around them.
“Harmful algae have emerged as a persistent and challenging human health concern in recreational waters across our region,” said EPA Region 8 Administrator Gregory Sopkin. “We’re asking young and aspiring videographers to help us find creative ways to make people aware of the risks and prevent exposure.”
“Through this challenge, we’re asking high schoolers across our region to be creative, have fun, and be part of the solution,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford. “Harmful algal blooms can be dangerous to people and pets participating in recreational activities in the water. Winning video entries from this challenge will help EPA and our state, local and tribal partners inform communities about the risks of harmful algal blooms and how to spot and steer clear of them.”
The contest is open to high school students or teams in EPA Regions 7 and 8: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. This includes students in public, private and tribal high schools, and home school programs.
A winner from each state, along with two regional tribal winners, will be selected by judging panels to each receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two grand prize winners will also be selected to receive $4,000 each.
Winning videos will also be highlighted at the EPA Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Conference in February; featured on EPA web and social media channels; and used by the Agency and its state environmental partners in HAB safety outreach efforts.
Information about the challenge, helpful HAB video resources, and instructions on how to submit videos can be found at: www.epa.gov/innovation/harmful-algal-bloom-video-challenge.
Submissions are due by 11:00 pm (ET) on January 3, 2020.
Certain environmental conditions in water bodies can intensify algae growth, causing algal blooms. Blooms with the potential to harm human health or aquatic ecosystems are referred to as harmful algal blooms or HABs. In freshwater systems, cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) are microorganisms that can produce HABs. Some cyanobacterial HABs, or cyanoHABs, can produce toxins. CyanoHABs and their toxins can harm people, animals, aquatic ecosystems, the economy, drinking water supplies, property values, and recreational activities, including swimming and commercial and recreational fishing.
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To Our Customers:
There has been concern in the news about coal ash from coal power plants contaminating ground water. Coal ash has not been found in any of North Dakota’s surface water sources. All of the Southwest Pipeline Project’s (SWPP) source water is surface water that comes directly from Lake Sakakawea. The SWPP does not use any groundwater. The Intake for the surface water source is also upstream from any coal power plants located in North Dakota.
Each day, our team of certified operators prioritize the safety of SWPP water. The team of water treatment and distribution professionals, collect the water samples and conduct the tests as required by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In North Dakota, the DOH administers the rules of the Safe Drinking Water Act as promulgated by the EPA. This ensures high quality water is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
To learn more about your drinking water and SWA’s efforts to protect its safety, contact us directly or visit our website at www.swwater.com. To learn more about coal ash, what it is and where it comes from, visit www.epa.gov/coalash. SWA remains dedicated to providing you with water quality that meets or exceeds the NDDOH’s water quality requirements and the EPA’s regulation standards for drinking water safety.
Southwest North Dakota Water Tour Set for June 27, 2019, in Dickinson
The North Dakota Water Education Foundation and Southwest Water Authority are hosting the Southwest North Dakota water tour on Thursday, June 27, 2019. This tour will begin and end at the Southwest Water Authority O&M Center Office in Dickinson. Tour attractions include the Ray Christensen Pump Station, the new Southwest Water Treatment Plant, the Residuals Handling Facility, Baker Boy Bake Shop, Dickinson State University Theodore Roosevelt Center, and Assumption Abbey.
The Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) began in 1983 to bring clean, affordable water to communities and residents of southwestern North Dakota. The Project continues to grow. This tour will highlight Project facilities that help provide a supply of quality water for the region. Participants will visit successful area businesses, industries and attractions that have benefitted from water that is piped from Lake Sakakawea and treated and distributed throughout the region by the SWPP.
The public is invited to attend the tour, which costs $20 per person, and includes transportation, informational materials, meals, refreshments and a one-year subscription to the North Dakota Water magazine.
For more information or to register, contact Julie Ellingson at the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, 701-223-8332, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Laschkewitsch, Director for Administrative Services Division, retiring from State Water Commission
Mary Massad presented a Resolution of Appreciation to Dave Laschkewitsch who is retiring from his position of Director for Administrative Services Division with the State Water Commission. He has been a valuable asset to the SWC and SWA over the years. His financial and policy knowledge is invaluable. SWA wishes to congratulate Dave and wish him well.
Mary Massad Awarded 2018 Water Wheel Award
Mary Massad, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) Manager/CEO was honored with the 2018 Water Wheel Award at the 55th Annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop in Bismarck on December 6, 2018. Mary has devoted her career to development of rural water and bringing safe, reliable drinking water to the citizens of southwest North Dakota. The Water Wheel Award is given to someone who demonstrates a commitment to protect and manage North Dakota’s water resources. Mary’s tireless efforts in coordinating local and state support for water in southwest North Dakota have been instrumental in the progress the Southwest Pipeline Project. Mary has admirably led SWA’s staff through challenges in the economy and is a relentless advocate for the importance of quality water in southwest North Dakota. Larry Bares, SWA Board of Directors Chairperson, states “Mary’s dedication and passion for water is truly a driving force in the success of Southwest Water Authority and the Southwest Pipeline Project. Mary’s guidance and leadership have been an important asset in all aspects of the Project. This award is a testament to her efforts, expertise, and commitment to water. On behalf of the SWA Board of Directors, staff, and all of southwest North Dakota, congratulations Mary!”
Back Row: Sindhu Pillai-Grinolds, Brian Roth, Jim Lennington, Rick Seifert, Jason Bentz, Bob Leingang, Larry Bares
Front Row: Grace Rixen-Handford, Dave Juntunen, Jen Murray, Mary Massad, Jack Dwyer, George Saxowsky, James Odermann
For more pictures of other awards from the 55th Annual Joint Water Convention & Irrigation Workshop Click here.
Maintaining Quality Water Update
As of Monday, November 19, 2018, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) has changed back to chloramines from chlorine in the raw-water pipeline from Dodge to the Water Treatment Plants in Dickinson. SWA wants its customers to be informed on their water quality. This had been a temporary switch and no water-quality violation has occurred. Southwest Pipeline Project water remains safe. SWA continues to work with the North Dakota Department of Health.
If you would like more information, please contact SWA or visit our website. This is SWA’s notice of the maintenance completion as earlier specified. This only affects one of our five public water systems (Public Water System ND 4501434) operated by SWA.
Maintaining Quality Water
For maintenance reasons, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) will be temporarily switching from chloramines to chlorine in the raw-water pipeline from Dodge to the Water Treatment Plants in Dickinson. Working with the North Dakota Department of Health, SWA wants its customers to know about the temporary switch and that no water-quality violation has occurred. Southwest Pipeline Project water remains safe. If you would like more information, please contact SWA or visit our website. Notice of the maintenance completion will also be posted. This is effective Friday, September 28, 2018, and only affects one of our five public water systems (Public Water System ND 4501434).
Residuals Handling Facility
Here are some progress pictures of the Residuals Handling Facility in Dickinson. Click here to see the pictures.
Federal money will expand water access in SW North Dakota
Federal money will expand water access in SW North Dakota
DICKINSON, N.D. - The state is getting a $29 million boost from the federal government to improve water projects.
As the southwest region grows, so does the need for clean water.
The Southwest Pipeline Project will receive $2 million for expanding capacity at the Dickinson plant, allowing them to process six million gallons of water per day.
"People wouldn't move here and live here if they didn't have quality water. And so with additional growth, we need additional raw water capacity and treatment water capacity,” said Mary Massad, Southwest Water Authority CEO.
New money from the federal government is helping the Southwest Water Authority bring a new treatment plant online, and build a residual handling facility. That facility will handle leftover materials like lime used to treat the water. Since the early 1980s, hundreds of millions of dollars from the state and federal government has gone into this project.
"It's not a short term investment by the state or by the people, and it's for your children and your children's children,” said Massad.
Without the plant, current capacity wouldn't be able to meet peak demands. Adding six million gallons a day will increase the amount of people the project can serve, but it doesn't solve all the needs.
"We're maxed out in some of those areas and we just need to put more pipe in the ground. And that again is funding,” said Plant Manager Grace Rixen-Handford.
Adding more pipe will take millions of dollars to provide clean water for 14,000 more people. Since 1991, more than $58 million has been paid back to the state from fees collected by customers connected to Southwest Pipeline Project.
The article and video can be viewed here.
Garland Erbele was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Dickinson on March 7, 2018.
Since March is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month, it was fitting to have Garland Erbele, P.E., as a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Dickinson on March 7. Erbele is the North Dakota State Engi-neer. He is also the North Dakota Commission State Water Chief Engineer, and the Secretary of the North Dakota State Water Commission. Erbele provided statistics on North Dakota water management and development.
The office of the State Engineer was created by legislation in 1905 to regulate and administer North Dakota water resources. In 1937, the North Dakota State Water Commission was created to plan, regulate, undertake, construct, establish, maintain, control, operate, and supervise works and projects related to water control.
Erbele revealed that in North Dakota, the majority of water usage — 48 percent — is used for irrigation. Industrial use, which didn’t include fracking, followed at 22 percent, and water depots (oil fracturing) only utilized 5 percent, though the use of water is increasing in the fracturing industry since oil companies are now using multiple stages to frack, which allows for more oil production in less time. Erbele provided statistics based on water consumption showing that the U.S. is the largest water consumer in the world. In 2017 in the U.S., North Dakota con-sumed only 0.13 percent of all U.S. water at 366,995 Acre Feet of total water usage, com-pared to California, which is the largest water consumer at more than 18 percent of total U.S. water consumption.
Southwest Water Authority has Received the 2016 Water Flouridation Quality Awards
Southwest Water Authority has been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers of 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 2016.
For 2016, a total of 1,360 water systems in 29 states received these awards, including 40 in North Dakota.
“Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that communities can make in maintaining the oral health of their citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” stated Casey Hannan, MPH, Acting Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Fluoridation is also highly cost effective. Studies continue to show for every $1 invested in water fluoridation, $20 are saved in dental treatment costs.”
Water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century. CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable, and safe measures water systems can take to prevent tooth decay and improve their oral health.
Southwest Water Authority Manager/CEO Mary Massad states “Our number one priority has always and will always be quality water for our customers. Helping customers prevent tooth decay, by maintaining optimal levels of fluoridation, is a major benefit of water from the Southwest Pipeline Project.” She added, “I am very pleased to accept this honor on behalf of our 15-member Board of Directors and staff who all work very hard to ensure consistent performance of our water quality including healthy levels of fluoridation for good oral health to our customers.”
Larry Bares Awarded 2017 Water Wheel Award
Larry Bares, Southwest Water Authority (SWA) Chairperson representing the City of Dickinson was honored with the 2017 Water Wheel Award at the 54th Annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop in Bismarck on December 7, 2017. Larry has been passionate about the development of rural water and bringing safe, reliable drinking water to the citizens of southwest North Dakota. The Water Wheel Award is given to someone who demonstrates a commitment to protect and manage North Dakota’s water resources. Larry’s leadership and perseverance in coordinating local and state support for water in southwest North Dakota have been instrumental in the progress the Southwest Pipeline Project has seen over the last 16 years he has been a member of the SWA Board of Directors. Larry has remained steadfast in communicating the importance of North Dakota’s water resources for the livelihood and enjoyment of its residents. Mary Massad, Manager/CEO of SWA, states “Larry is truly a champion for water development. His insight, diligence and leadership have been the backbone of the SWA’s Board of Directors and his dedication to the water community and to providing quality water to those in southwest North Dakota have made immeasurable differences in the lives of so many. Congratulations Larry!”
Southwest 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:
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.
View full article 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."
View full article here
Second Dickinson Reservoir
Here are some progress pictures of the second Dickinson Reservoir. Click here to see the pictures.
Dan 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.
Ray 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.
Rural construction progress pictures.
Take a look at some ongoing progress pictures of rural construction projects. Click here for more pictures.
Certificate 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.
Southwest 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.
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.
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.
As of September 22, 2015, the city of Killdeer is now receiving Southwest Water. We are looking forward to serving our new customers.
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, Inc., 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.
Supplemental 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 Announces His Retirement
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.
Best Tasting Water In North Dakota
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!
Southwest 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.
Southwest Water Authority Voted Fourth Best Tasting Water in the World
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.
Zap 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.
Southwest 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.
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!
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.
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.
Heitkamp 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.
Guy Mischel Awarded 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»
Facts 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
March 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
Nine 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
For 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...