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Sioux Center, Hull start receiving Lewis & Clark water

Water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System began flowing to Sioux Center on Tuesday and to Hull on Wednesday. The northwest Iowa communities are the 16th and 17th members to be connected to the tri-state system.

“This is a huge milestone for both communities to finally be connected," Lewis & Clark Chairman Murray Hulstein of Sioux Center said. "Lewis & Clark’s Articles of Incorporation were signed on Jan. 29, 1990, so Sioux Center waited 12,119 days to get water and one day more for Hull. It took far longer than anyone imagined when the project was started, but it is well worth the wait."

The water will ensure continued future growth and expanded economic development opportunities for many decades to come. Sioux Center has reserved 600,000 gallons per day and Hull has reserved 400,000 gallons per day.

Work started last year to expand the system’s capacity from 44 million gallons a day to 60 million gallons. When the expansion is completed, which is anticipated to be in 2030 or 2031, Sioux Center will have access to a total of 949,000 gallons per day and Hull 633,000 gallons per day.

Three members of Lewis & Clark remain unconnected. The schedules are subject to change, but Sheldon is anticipated to receive water in late 2023/early 2024, Madison in mid-2024 and Sibley in late 2024/early 2025.

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