DICKINSON (AP) - Officials have broken ground on a wastewater treatment and reclamation plant at Dickinson that officials say will help keep up with the population growth being caused by the western North Dakota oil boom.
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says the $30 million facility is designed to handle wastewater flows from a projected population of 35,000 people and could be expanded to handle up to 68,000 people.
Once treated, the wastewater will go to municipal and industrial uses such as irrigation and oil field fracking.
Wrigley says the plant is being paid for in part through more than $12 million in state energy-impact grants. It is scheduled to be completed by October 2014.