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Associated Press, Published June 05 2012

ND water pipeline will supply homes first

DICKINSON — A board that oversees North Dakota's Southwest Water Pipeline says residential customers will always be first in line for water supplies.

The board is backing a policy that says the pipeline's water supply contracts have to put the needs of residential customers first — even during dry spells.

Oil development in western North Dakota has created a huge demand for water from industrial users.

The North Dakota Water Commission will consider the policy when it meets next week.

Southwest Water Authority manager Mary Massad tells The Dickinson Press the proposed policy is already in line with how the authority does business.

The Southwest Water Pipeline funnels water from Lake Sakakawea to Dickinson and other communities in southwestern North Dakota.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.