Gov. Burgum request more money for the water supply program

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Governor Burgum has requested that 75,000 additional dollars in funding become available to the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program.

The State Engineer has the authoirity to authorize the money without State Water Commission approval.
These funds add to the 250,000 dollars that’s already available.

The Program was originally created in 1991 and was last activated in 2006 following an emergency drought proclamation.
The Program is administered by the State Water Commission and provides 50 percent cost-share assistance, of up to $3,500 per project, with a maximum of three projects per applicant, to eligible livestock producers in designated counties experiencing drought-related impacts to their livestock operations.

Eligible items include: new water wells; rural water system connections; pipeline extensions and pasture taps; and associated works, labor, materials, and equipment rentals for work completed by the producer to develop new water supply projects.

The following counties are eligible to receive cost-share assistance at this time: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Renville, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Stutsman, Ward, and Williams.

The Water Commission will continue to update eligible counties and drought information on its website at,
For further details about the program please contact the SWC Planning and Education Division at (701) 328-4989 or email

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