Construction crews at the Williston Water Treatment Plant continue to work toward a goal.
Williston Public Works Director Dave Tuan says that trend will continue for the foreseeable future -- the facility will continue to expand with the increasing population projections.
However, next summer there will be two sets of construction crews working around each other near the banks of the Missouri River.
The Highway 85 project will be replacing the Lewis & Clark bridge during phase two of four-lane construction next summer.
Williston Public Works Director Dave Tuan says special arrangements have been made to maintain water quality during construction, and it will be monitored closely.
There are also a number of water utility lines under the highway that will need to be replaced.
(Dave Tuan, Williston Public Works Director) "It complicates our operations to a large degree. The bridge right now provides access to our raw water intake. We actually use the bridge to get out to our raw water intake structure and do maintenance, to adjust them, to operate them properly. When that bridge goes away and there's a new bridge in place, that's going to change somewhat."
The Williston Water Treatment Plant currently produces 14 million gallons of water a day -- and the expansion continues.
(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."
Domestic water supply is the priority -- using half to two-thirds of the water produced -- which can vary with big projects like filling the pool at the Williston Area Recreation Center, or fire response.