South Dakota City Approves Study on Transporting Missouri River Water

(AP) — Officials in a northeastern South Dakota city are looking into the possibility of getting some of its water from the Missouri River.

The Aberdeen City Council has approved a study on the feasibility of installing a raw transmission pipeline from an intake site on Lake Oahe near Mobridge to the Aberdeen water treatment plant. 

The pipeline would run about 90 miles from the Missouri River to the Concord Grain Facility 5 miles west of Aberdeen, then 10 miles east to the city’s water treatment plant, the Aberdeen American News reported.

The Bismarck, North Dakota engineering firm of Bartlett and West has been hired to draft plan scheduled to be completed in three months. It will cost the city up to $200,000.

City Manager Joe Gaa said the water study grew from a facilities review that was completed for the water treatment plant in 2000 and one that is scheduled to be completed this year for the water reclamation plant.

“Both can’t grow without water,” Gaa said. “This is looking at additional source water.”

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