Expansion of water project celebrated in Ray

RAY, N.D. — Officials here celebrated the completion of a water project Tuesday that will provide high-quality drinking water for residents who previously faced water restrictions.

Water from the Western Area Water Supply Authority was connected to the R&T Water Supply Commerce Authority on Tuesday to provide additional water to residents of Ray, Tioga, Stanley, Wildrose and Crosby.

Last summer, residents of the rapidly growing area dealt with intermittent water restrictions and a moratorium on service to new housing developments due to water shortages.

The Western Area Water Supply Authority treats water from the Missouri River and transports it via pipelines. Later this summer, the project is expected to begin service to Fortuna, Noonan, Columbus and rural users in western McKenzie County.

The project will serve an estimated 100,000 people by 2035 in Burke, Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail and Williams counties.

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