Providing better water to more people.Ground was broken today on a new water treatment plant in Carrington.
Lately we've been hearing stories of water that aren't so good.
But today in Carrington, they're happy to be talking about water.
With pipes made of clay and some of wood, Carrington officials knew its time for an upgrade.
With a check provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a grant, the nearly $7 million project is underway.
The water treatment plant will have a larger capacity, provide cleaner water, and allow better access.
Things that are important when you're providing water to so many people.
Carrington Mayor Don Fyre says they're selling water to Ramsey County, Stutsman County, and so that's really going to help the development surrounding the city as well as in the city.
Clean water isn't something this rural community takes for granted.
Jasper Schneider of the USDA says "a lot of us in more urban areas of North Dakota take for granted being able to turn on the tap and flush the toilet and things like that, drink water. Those challenges are more difficult in rural communities.
A new state of the art water treatment plant is a big deal for this small town.
"They're really the foundation of our communities. having access to safe and clean water and a reasonable way of disposing of it is something you don't think about on a daily basis, but its pivotal to the long term success of a community."
Although the construction may be an eye-sore to come, the benefits are much greater.
"If you look at it from a rural standpoint, having a new water project pumps some new lifelines and some new blood back into the community and shows that their better days are still ahead of them."
The water treatment plant is scheduled to be up and running by November of next year.