The Williston Water Treatment Plant now produces 14 million gallons of water a day.
Crews continued working through the recent milestone toward a new goal of 21 million gallons.
Williston Public Works Director Dave Tuan says that trend will continue for the foreseeable future -- as one goal is met, the water treatment plant will continue to expand with growing population projections.
As the water treatment plant for the Western Area Water Supply project, the plant serves a large part of a five county area.
Tuan says domestic water use varies by season, but usually half to 75 percent of the water produced is for domestic use.
Any excess water is sold for industrial use, helping to pay for continued construction.
(Dave Tuan, Williston Public Works Director) "The growth projections continue to drive our end capacity. What we saw in our last projection was what we thought a threshold for 150,000 people for WAWS in this region. That will drive capacity of the plant to be even greater than it was. So there's no end in sight in the near future."
Road construction near the raw water intake and main access to the plan will complicate operations next year.
We'll have more on that tonight.