Water. One of our most precious natural resources. We use it every day and always expect it to come out of the tap when needed. Just think for a moment about what we use water for. Then be thankful that our state is taking the necessary steps to ensure this resource continues to flow.

According to a release from state officials, the Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $1,102,749,980 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in South Dakota.


South Dakota is getting a huge boost to improve environmental projects throughout the state due to grants and low-interest loans from the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR).

The grants and loans were awarded from DANR’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, and American Rescue Plan Act.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says, “These projects will serve our grandchildren and their grandchildren. I am proud to support these community investments to ensure the people of South Dakota continue to have clean drinking water and safe disposal systems to serve their needs for decades to come.”

Water systems, water treatment, wastewater, and infrastructure improvements will all be targeted with the money in dozens of rural communities in South Dakota.

Here is how the grants and loans will be distributed:

$430,651,683 in grants and loans for rural water systems throughout South Dakota
$38,747,680 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in central South Dakota
$79,081,776 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties in South Dakota
$209,827,641 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in northeast South Dakota
$160,463,900 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in southeast South Dakota
$183,977,300 in grants and loans for drinking water and wastewater projects in western South Dakota

The state of South Dakota is making a historic investment in infrastructure by dedicating $600 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding for local water and wastewater infrastructure grants.

TRENDING FROM RESULTS-TOWNSQUARE MEDIA SIOUX FALLS: