Minnesota’s Red Rock Rural Water System is one of 106 projects across the U.S. that will receive funding from USDA through the agency’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
Red Rock will receive a $3,926,000 loan and a $1,774,000 grant to update its Great Bend Water Treatment Plant. The Great Bend wellfield was developed in 1985 as the original water source for the Red Rock Rural Water system. The project includes the construction of a new water treatment plant to replace the existing facility; construction of a new well and an onsite ground storage reservoir; and the replacement of outdated control equipment at the Lake Augusta water treatment plant and at the Red Rock office. It will also include the purchase and installation of a standby generator to provide power during emergencies.
RRRWS was organized and established under state statute in 1981 to provide water to three local communities and 285 customers. Since then, additional communities were added. As of 2015, RRRWS had 2,025 rural service connections in 10 small cities, serving an estimated population of 8,000 in living in nine counties: Brown, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nobles, Redwood and Watonwan.
State and federal funding over the years has built and updated the system.
According to RRRWS, there are six rural water systems in Minnesota. The systems were formed to provide water supplies in areas where water is either contaminated, poor quality or in low supply.