Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System
The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, along with neighboring communities in northeastern Montana’s Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, and Roosevelt counties, made the best of a limited, low quality water supply for many years. As the result of a long term, concerted planning effort by the Tribes, a local rural water district, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Congress authorized funding in 1998 for a rural water system that would draw water from the Missouri River, treat it, and distribute it through a network of transmission pipelines throughout the region.
With approximately $300 million in anticipated funding, including close to $20 million from the State of Montana and Dry Prairie regional water users, the Fort Peck Reservation Rural Water System (FPRRWS) was formed to provide potable water to over 27,000 people spread out across almost 8,000 square miles in a four-county area.
Morrison-Maierle, as part of a consortium of design firms tasked with delivery of the total program, was responsible for the design of a $44 million water treatment plant to treat Missouri River water for distribution throughout the project. This 13.5 million gallons per day plant is a state of the art plant utilizing seven different treatment processes and ten different chemical systems.
When completed in early 2012 (along with initial phases of finished water pipelines), the plant will, for the first time, deliver high quality potable water to users of the rural water system. The pipeline distribution system will continue to be constructed after 2012 in order to provide drinking water to the entire service area. This project fulfills the dreams of Tribal leaders and residents of northeastern Montana for a drinking water resource that will enrich their lives and enhance economic conditions.