On Monday night, the Grand Forks City Council is set to approve the final $9.875 million from the State Water Commission for the Grand Forks Regional Water Treatment Plant (GFRWTP).

As a community, we continue to build on the state and local partnerships that have proven to be successful and range from road infrastructure like the Demers Avenue reconstruction to community development like Pure Development.

And there is no better example of this state and local partnership than the soon-to-be-completed GFRWTP.

Scheduled for completion in June, the 50-50 state and local cost share of the $150 million GFRWTP is the result of a sustained and enduring partnership over four biennia between the state of North Dakota and the city of Grand Forks.

This is a multi-generational project that will have the flexibility to adapt to the impacts of changing water quality and regulatory challenges as well as enhance the opportunity for population growth and economic development in the Grand Forks region.

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The GFRWTP ensures Grand Forks is well suited to meet future challenges and will provide safe and reliable drinking water for our residents, businesses, and industries that make up the backbone of our region and impact our state’s economy.

We are grateful for the leadership of former-Gov. Dalrymple, Gov. Burgum, Lt. Gov. Sanford, and the entire State Water Commission and want to say a special thank you to our state legislators and local leaders who championed the project in Bismarck.

We are all thankful for the opportunity the residents of Grand Forks have provided us to lead and serve this great community.

As the adage goes, “If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with a team.”

We have gone far and plan to continue moving forward. Team Grand Forks is strong and prepared to use further state and local partnerships to tackle the important issues that lie ahead.