Western Dakota Regional Water System

WDRWS was formed by Tribal, community, governmental and water system leaders who believe the future of western South Dakota depends on quality drinking water. This nonprofit organization was formed in 2021 to plan, construct and manage the delivery of Missouri River water to communities, tribes and other rural water systems throughout western South Dakota.

Progress 2019-2024


  • West Dakota Water Development District receives SD Mines report, recommending renewal of Missouri River future use permit and implementation of project to deliver water to western Pennington County.


  • West Dakota Water Development District seeks feedback on report
  • Survey of potential stakeholders; informational meetings
  • Recommendations: governance, technical assessment, and funding


  • Water use study
  • Incorporate new non-profit in September 2021
  • Named on the State Water Plan
  • 1st Annual Meeting and Water Summit
  • Advertise for engineer


  • Submit funding application to state
  • Competitively select engineering team: AE2S, Black & Veatch, and KLJ
  • Receive $8M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding
  • Begin canvassing and feasibility planning


  • Open memberships
  • Receive $1M state grant
  • Raise $303,500 in local funds and dues
  • Canvassing meetings
  • Gathering system’s data and determining needs
  • Research intake & pipe route options
  • SD Mines updates water demand projections


  • Receive 2nd $1M state grant
  • Request additional ARPA funding
  • USGS finalizes report on water availability
  • Seek Congressional authorization for Reclamation Feasibility Study
  • Evaluate water needs based on canvassing data
  • Prepare conceptual design for waterline

Current Work

  • Program planning and user canvassing
  • Preliminary alternatives for intake a pipeline routing
  • Feasibility Study


Collaborative Agreement with Western Dakota Regional Water Systems to investigate and report on water use trends in the Black Hills region from 1990 through 2020.

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