Mni Waste’ Water Company located in Eagle Butte, SD, will soon have a new Water Treatment Plant and Trunkline stemming from the Missouri River thanks to USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal funding of $65,871,293. The federal funds will be leveraged with an Indian Health Service grant of $1,000,000 and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe funds of $7,000,000.
The project includes 10.5 miles of raw water intake line, 25 miles of treated water transmission line, water intake modifications, and a new water treatment plant. The entire project totals $73.9 million and will serve as the core of what is needed to eventually ensure sufficient water delivery over a very wide area.
“This project will significantly increase the quantity of water delivered to the city of Eagle Butte,” said Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “One of the limiting factors for new housing units and business development has been the limited supply of clean water. This project will bring clean affordable water that will help with new housing and business development in and around Eagle Butte.”
Mni Waste’ Water Company was formed as a Tribally Chartered Rural Water System in 2004. The Company operates the treatment plant, water distribution system, and all other functions of this regional water system. The system improvements are needed to allow continued development on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, which includes all of Dewey and Ziebach Counties, as well as the adjacent counties of Meade and Perkins.