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Garrison Diversion awards Water Supply Assistance grants

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s (Garrison Diversion) MR&I Water Supply Assistance Grant Program provides funding assistance to offset the costs of new customer hookups to a rural water system or district within Garrison Diversion’s member counties.

The Water Supply Assistance Grant Program is also in place to aid municipal water systems or districts with extraordinary OM&R projects that will impact the delivery of water to users, introduce health and safety issues, or bring potential harm to other infrastructure if not repaired.

“We are proud to support rural water in North Dakota, and this program is an excellent example of giving back to our district,” says Geneva Kaiser, Chair of Garrison Diversion’s MR&I Committee. “Rural water provides a better quality of life for our citizens and strengthens our rural communities.”

In August, the MR&I Committee awarded $43,904 to 10 water users in the district for residential, livestock and business use.

The following systems had projects receiving funding from the Water Supply Assistance Grant Program:

• Central Plains Water District - $12,242 for two customer hookups

• Greater Ramsey Water District - $9,800 for two customer hookups

• McKenzie County Water Resource District - $6,188 for one customer hookup

• North Prairie Regional Water District - $5,848 for three customer hookups

• South Central Regional Water - $1,351 for one customer hookup

• Southeast Water Users District - $8,475 for one customer hookup

There are two grant application periods each year. The next deadline for new customer hookup applications is May 1. There continues to be no deadline on extraordinary OM&R projects, as these will occur on an as-needed basis.

Eligibility requirements state the applicant must reside within one of Garrison Diversion’s 28 member counties, must be or have a member sponsor that is a political subdivision (municipality or rural water district), and a municipality must have a population of 5,000 people or less that are being served.

Grant guidelines and applications can be found at http://www.garrisondiversion.org.