|Jun 02, 2010 --
Outline of Need : Old Rosebud has a very old sewer collection system. The tribe has secured funding to replace and resurface the streets in the town. The timing is perfect to replace the aging collection system at this time. Health and safety concerns have been documented with the more than 60 year old collection system. This is one of the poorest communities in the United States and is one of the poorest Indian Reservations in the Country. Without the Native American Set-Aside funding this project would not have been feasible.
How Rural Development Helped : The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will use the funds to replace existing manholes, sewer mains and sewer lines in the oldest part of the Community of Rosebud, S.D. This will involve 40 manholes, and 6,699 feet of 8-inch PVC sewer main, and 3,970 feet of 4-inch sewer service line. This project is being done in conjunction with a street rehabilitation project. Funding for the project includes a USDA Rural Development Native American Set Aside grant of $994,000; 4,000,000 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs; $1,800,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation; and an applicant contribution of $6,000.
The Results : We know the water distribution system and the sewer collection system is nearing the end of its useful life. It makes perfect sense to replace the utility lines before the streets are resurfaced. This is a well timed project that will provide new water lines, new sewer collection lines and the resurfacing of the streets that will be of great benefit to the community.
“This project will replace old dilapidated sewer lines, thereby protecting both ground and surface water from pollution. The project will conserve water by replacing leaking cast iron water lines
with modern ones, said Syed Huq, Director of Water Resources & Environment. “The sewer and water lines will be installed at the same time new streets, curbs, gutters and sidewalks are being installed. This consolidated comprehensive approach will not only save hundreds of thousands of dollars up front, it will also protect our investment for many years to come. Also, the new pavement will not have to be torn up to repair leaking sewer or water lines and unpatched asphalt is much more durable. It is not often that we get an opportunity to improve our quality of life and save money at the same time but that is just what this project does.”