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At-intake treatment for water project too expensive

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Water Commission Engineer Dale Frink says he believes the safeguards are in place in the Northwest Area Water Supply project to protect Canadian waters.

"NAWS" will bring Missouri River water to Northwestern North Dakota. Manitoba Premier Gary Doer has threatened to sue over the project, because of potential harm to the Souris River. Doer has said the state of North Dakota has made a number of positive changes, and he says if the project would include a treatment plant at the point where water is taken from the Missouri, he might drop his objections.

The current plan is to pump water from the intake to Minot, where it will be treated. The city's water treatment plant will be expanded and renovated to handle the water.

Frink says the other at-intake treatment option was considered. But he says it was dismissed as being too expensive. And he says even if the treatment plant was built at the intake, there would still be opposition north of the border.