|May 12, 2011 --
Many people in the area do not have an adequate water supply. Some folks have to haul water for household use. Some of the areas stock dams and dugouts are dried up or very low due to the persistent drought conditions that have existed in the area for the past several years.
In 2008, USDA Rural Development awarded Owanka Rural Water Association, Inc. with a Water and Waste Direct Loan in the amount of $166,000 for construction of a rural water system to include a new well, pumps, pump house, distribution lines, and water storage reservoir. In 2010 an additional $195,000 Water and Waste Direct Loan funds were awarded to the Owanka Rural Water Association, Inc. for cost overruns. These federal funds were leveraged with a $30,000 applicant contribution, $445,000 State of South Dakota Consolidated Grant, $431,292 from the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and $680,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation. Total project cost $1,947,292.
The Owanka Rural Water Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of South Dakota. This project is necessary to provide an adequate supply of water for the families residing in the Owanka area. This project is an example of what can happen when state and federal agencies work together. This rural water system project will provide potable water to area homes.
“Quality and quantity of water have been problems in our community for many years. Thanks to Rural Development, Midwest Assistance, NRCS, BOR, DENR, State of South Dakota, and our state senators, we now have an abundance of quality water for both the people in the community and our livestock,” said Marvin Williams, Chairman of the Owanka Rural Water Association, Inc.