Aug 14, 2017

Loan Improves North Dakota City's Drinking Water

City’s drinking water is high in iron, manganese

Small city in North Dakota receives loan for drinking water

The Rural Development Finance Corp. provided a $125,000 loan to the city of Sawyer, N.D., to improve residents’ access to safe drinking water. The City voted to improve its water quality by connecting to the North Prairie Rural Water District.

While Sawyer’s current drinking water meets the primary standards established by the EPA, it is high in iron and manganese, which causes a brownish discoloration. It also results in more frequent replacement of plumbing fixtures and appliances.

“For that reason we want to make sure our citizens have water that is appealing to drink even though it meets EPA standards for drinking water. it is just very unappealing,” said Susan Schmidt, Sawyer city auditor.

The nearly $300,000 water improvement project is expected to be completed in September 2017, and Schmidt says residents will likely start noticing a difference in the water within a couple of months. They also will notice a difference on their bills. The minimum monthly charge is increasing by $13.

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