Funding to Date

To date, the WDRWS has benefitted from funding from a variety of sources. 

Contributions have been made by the following members and local partners:


City of Box Elder: $50,000

City of New Underwood: $1,000

City of Rapid City: $100,000

City of Spearfish: $10,000

Elevate Rapid City: $25,000

Meade County: $7,500

Pennington County: $50,000

Rapid Valley Sanitary District: $10,000

South Dakota Community Foundation: $20,000

West Dakota Water Development District: $25,000

West River Water Development District: $25,000


In April 2022, the WDRWS received $8M in grant funds through the American Rescue Plan Act  of 2021 (ARPA). This award was first approved by the South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources and then appropriated by the Legislature. This funding is currently supporting preliminary planning efforts related to total water needs, preliminary pipeline routes, water treatment options, and potential intake siting. In March 2023, the Board of Natural Resources awarded WDRWS an additional $1M from the State Water Resource Management System (SWRMS) program. This award can be used for operational costs of the organization and provides additional funding to study and develop the project. It is anticipated that the total expenditure associated with assessing the need, determining the approach to pipeline routing, sizing and locating a potential intake, and completing environmental and financial analyses will total nearly $13M (in 2022 dollars). Upon completion of these initial studies and analyses, the WDRWS will have a better understanding of the expanse, size, and cost of the project. 

In February 2023, representatives of the WDRWS met with members of the South Dakota Congressional Delegation to provide an update on the project and request federal authorization necessary for the project to proceed. The WDRWS will continue to have conversations with the Delegation in support of authorization and to request future funding support for the project.