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Southwest Water Authority (SWA) along with water systems across the United States and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are reaching out to bring public awareness to our most precious resource, water, during National Drinking Water Week, which is May 3-9, 2020. This year’s theme is “There When You Need It.”

“We celebrate National Drinking Water Week each year because drinking water is an invaluable part of our lives and it deserves our full focus and attention.” said SWA Manager/CEO Mary Massad. “On behalf of SWA, I would like to express our gratitude to those who make the dream of quality water a reality for the citizens of North Dakota.

This includes the Governor Burgum and his staff, the North Dakota State Legislature, the North Dakota State Water Commission, the State Engineer, our Congressional delegation and their staff, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and USDA-Rural Development, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, North Dakota Water Users, North Dakota Water Coalition and North Dakota Rural Water systems Association. A special thank you to the Southwest Water Authority dedicated staff, Board of Directors, and consultants who make this possible.”

For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. SWA is planning for the future of southwest North Dakota by increasing capacity utilizing strategic hydraulic improvements, increasing both raw and treated water capacity to serve the region. SWA remains hopeful and optimistic for continued funding to allow continued construction to bring water those who wait. Visit SWA’s website at and like them on Facebook at to learn more about the celebration of Drinking Water Week.

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs, and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region. To date, 33 communities, more than 7,270 rural service locations, 21 contract customers, 22 raw-water customers, two rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots are served by the Project. Reaching rural areas where people continue to wait is dependent on everyone’s support. Southwest Water Authority continues its mission Quality Water for Southwest North Dakota.

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