ND Water Magazine, December 2022 - Red River Valley Water Supply Project Construction
By Kimberly Cook
Though the 2022 construction season got off to a slow start due to soggy spring weather, significant progress was made
on the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) over the course of the summer and fall. The RRVWSP is a
drought resiliency project and economic development initiative that will provide reliable, quality water to users in central
and eastern North Dakota through a buried pipeline.
The Missouri River Intake is located four miles south of Washburn and adjacent to the Missouri River. The contract for
the installation of intake screens and tunnel was awarded to Michels Corp., and it began construction in the fall of 2021.
The biggest challenge for this portion of construction was the 1,600-foot horizontal tunnel underneath the riverbed to
complete the Missouri River Intake.
The Transmission Pipeline East Contract 5B was awarded to Garney Construction for the installation of nine miles
of 72-inch transmission pipe to be installed over the course of the 2022 and 2023 construction seasons. The construction
began southeast of Carrington, North Dakota, and continues west through Foster County, adding onto the existing 1.2
miles of pipeline installed in 2021.
The following photos show a glimpse at the construction of these project components.
December 2022 - Red River Valley Water Supply Project Construction