Federal funding headed to NAWS project

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota State Water Commission has approved up to $10 million in federal funding in next year’s budget for a project aimed at improving access to water in northwest North Dakota.

The Commission made the decision last Friday for the Northwest Area Water Supply project, or NAWS.

Tim Freije with the Commission says that $5.5. million would go toward the design of the biota water treatment plant near Max, with the other $4.5 milllion going to upgrades to Minot’s water treatment plant.

Freije says it’s unclear when the project would receive the federal funding, but the state is moving forward either way, and would fund the project with state and local resources if necessary.