Everybody needs it. But even today, not everyone has it.
A good supply of reliable water, that is.
If you have it, you likely don't think about it, but there are plenty of North Dakotans who do. "There are still people in rural areas that haul water; that have to run specialized treatment; are unable to wash whites when they want to, and we feel that is unacceptable in this age. Most of us take those things for granted, but people have to deal with those issues day in and day out, and with the amount of money into the state, we feel it's the right time to make sure that the infrastructure is taken care of," says Eric Volk, Executive Director of the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association.
Governor Dalrymple's budget includes $500 million for water projects over which 31 rural water systems are now vying. Water experts came together today in Bismarck to address these and other water issues at the 27th Annual North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association's Conference.