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North Prairie Rural Water constructs multiple projects

Rural water storage goes up and down

Jill Schramm/MDN A construction crew works to erect a water storage tank to serve North Prairie Rural Water Monday. The tank will be located at the former radar base about 14 miles south of Minot.

A new water storage tank is going up south of Minot and an old water tower is to come down in Anamoose.

North Prairie Rural Water District has these and other projects occurring as the fall construction season continues.

A 200,000-gallon storage tank is being erected at what is known as the old radar base along U.S. Highway 83 south of Minot. Teresa Sundsbak, general manager for North Prairie, said the plan is to have the above-ground tank erected yet this fall, although it isn’t expected to go into operation until next spring.

The tank will provide water storage to the east, feeding the Benedict area, and to the west, serving the Ryder and Plaza areas. Swanberg Construction of Valley City is erecting the tank.

“We just need more storage,” Sundsbak said. “It gives us flexibility so that we are not running on the edge.” For instance, should the water supply shut down for several hours or a day, the extra storage enables service to continue uninterrupted, she said.

In Anamoose, a long-time water tower is scheduled to be torn down.

“It just wasn’t safe anymore,” Sundsbak said. “It had to have too much repair, and we had enough storage in the ground to provide for the city.”

North Prairie also is enlarging its treatment plant in Velva, adding a new detention tank. That work should finish next spring, Sundsbak said.

North Prairie will be taking bids this fall on construction of a 10-mile transmission line from Parshall to Plaza, with work to begin next spring, she said. The construction is the first phase of a project to bring water to another 172 customers. The second phase branches off from the main line into the area north and west of Plaza. Water service is expected to become fully available sometime in 2022.

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