Rendering of the completed Rapid City Water Reclamation Facility South Plant Improvements.

South Dakota invests $173 million in water and waste projects statewide

April 11, 2024

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) has made more than $172.5 million in grants and loans available to support water and waste projects across the state.

The funds come from five programs: the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), Clean Water Revolving Fund (CWSRF), Solid Waste Management, Consolidated Water Facilities Construction and Water Environment Fund programs.

The state will administer a combination of $20 million in grants and $152.5 million in low-interest loans to 36 recipients. Some of the notable projects include:

Rapid City received a $35 million CWSRF loan to expand its Water Reclamation Facility South Plant and decommission its North Plant. The existing facility is outdated and requires an overhaul to increase reliability and produce better effluent. The city will expand the South Plant’s treatment capacity, build an aeration basin, two secondary clarifiers, a dewatering building, a pumping building, install backup generators and replace old equipment. Construction on the $147 million project will begin in May 2024.

Sioux Falls will use a $23.1 million CWSRF loan to extend the Basin 15 sanitary sewer. Plans include connecting the stopping points of Phase 1 and extending the infrastructure by approximately 1 mile. The project includes building a sanitary lift station, a 1.9-mile-long force main, gravity flow lines to the lift station and a 5-million-gallon equalization basin and lift station.

Kingbrook Rural Water System received $14.5 million from the DWSRF to build 15.5 miles of transmission main and associated facilities. The project will improve the existing water system’s reliability and add additional capacity to the De Smet Water Treatment Facility.

Sioux Rural Water System will use an $11.3 million loan from the DWSRF to build a ground storage reservoir. In addition, the organization will build parallel pipelines, replace pumps, install a well and provide additional service to an existing mobile home park.

Photo courtesy of Rapid City.

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