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Lewis & Clark Regional Water System 'dead in the water'

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"There's just no longer any words to express our frustration other than cuss words. We've talked about being outraged and disappointed and frustrated," said the project's executive director Troy Larson. "There's just no longer any words to express our frustration other than cuss words. We've talked about being outraged and disappointed and frustrated," said the project's executive director Troy Larson.

A major water project is "dead in the water." 

That's what officials at the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System say.

They blame President Obama's 2014 budget, which only gives them $3.2 million. They say that's not enough to continue construction of the new pipeline needed to connect nine communities to their water treatment plant.

Officials request $35 million in federal dollars annually, which would translate to a 2021 completion date.

They say $3.2 million won't even cover inflation.

"There's just no longer any words to express our frustration other than cuss words. We've talked about being outraged and disappointed and frustrated," said the project's executive director Troy Larson.

Lewis & Clark officials say a US Senate bill, in committee, could help them. It's dedicated to finishing rural water projects, and would give about $15 million each year until work is finished.

Officials are now trying to get all the Senate support they can.

"Unless they have a better idea, this appears to be our only hope, to get funding to continue construction," said Larson.

Eleven of 20 communities are already hooked-up. In Siouxland, those waiting are Hull, Sheldon, Sibley, and Sioux Center, Iowa.

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