Because the rural water situation is so dire, the North Dakota Senate passed HB 1269 today -- by a wide margin of 43-4.
The bill includes an emergency provision committing over $30 million for rural water projects around the state. Previously, committee members heard testimony from a North Dakotan who could not wash her clothes or run her dishwater due to poor water quality.
Passage allows projects to be bid as soon as March, with construction likely starting this Summer. House Bill 1269 now goes to the Governor for signature.