- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials have approved the engineering and bidding process for a new water storage facility project near Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1tbbbGH ) the North Dakota Industrial Commission unanimously authorized the Western Area Water Supply Authority to move forward on a facility in McKenzie that will store up to 2 million gallons of water.

Officials estimate it will cost $2 million. The authority could be reimbursed for $120,000.

The authority’s director says the facility will be built at its Indian Hills reservoir on the south side of the Missouri River. He says the authority aims to have the project bid out in the fall and completed by June 2015. He says the facility will help meet residential and industrial water needs.

Residents in five counties will use water from the facility.

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