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Published August 24, 2010, 09:19 AM

Southwest Pipeline to start work on plant

HAZEN, N.D. (AP) — The Southwest Water Pipeline is preparing to build a treatment plant north of Zap, paving the way for delivery of treated Missouri River water to the final three of 12 counties in southwest North Dakota.

HAZEN, N.D. (AP) — The Southwest Water Pipeline is preparing to build a treatment plant north of Zap, paving the way for delivery of treated Missouri River water to the final three of 12 counties in southwest North Dakota.

The $95 million plant and distribution system is the last major push in a water pipeline project that was created by the Legislature in 1991 and has cost $180 million to date for construction alone.

All Southwest Pipeline water currently is treated at a plant in Dickinson.

Pipeline project manager Tim Frieje (FREE'-jee) says the new water treatment plant is the cornerstone of the remainder of the project.

The State Water Commission opened bids for the new plant last week and likely will award the $9 million project Sept. 1.

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