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Lewis & Clark Open House

July 9, 2012, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Lewis & Clark Open House

It will be an historical day when Sioux Falls begins using water later this month from the Lewis and Clark Regional Water pipeline.

Monday night, the city is hosting an open house at the water treatment plant to show the public how the city will soon benefit from its multi-million dollar investment.

It's taken over a decade and millions of dollars to complete, but by the end of this month, Sioux Falls will get another two and a half million gallons of water a day from the Lewis and Clark Regional pipeline.

"Essentially, Lewis and Clark is using the same process we are, but it's a different source of water," Trent Lubbers of Public Works said. "We pull from the Big Sioux River and from aquifers connected to the Big Sioux River; they are pulling from an aquifer underneath the Missouri River."

Lubbers from the city's public works department says the city prepaid Lewis and Clark $70 million to ensure it would be connected.  So when the water is turned on, Lubbers says it'll be a big day for Sioux Falls and several other communities. But he says people might notice a slight difference in quality.

"The water might be a little bit softer than what it is in Sioux Falls, but we're expecting it to be very similar to what we have in Sioux Falls," Lubbers said.

The two pipeline connections for the city are on the west side, so Lubbers says that area might notice the biggest difference.   

"Depending on water use and water patterns in Sioux Falls, but the west and southwest part of town will see that water the most," Lubbers said.

Water that's taken awhile to get here, but will soon finally be flowing into the city.

The open house is at 7 p.m. at the water purification plant on north Minnesota Avenue.  There will be a second open house a week from Monday at the base of the Lewis and Clark tower located at 85th Street and Meredith Avenue.

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