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Dell Rapids Receives Exceptional Project Award for Wastewater Treatment Improvements

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brian Walsh, (605) 773-3296


Dell Rapids Receives Exceptional Project Award for Wastewater Treatment Improvements 

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announce that the Dell Rapids Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements project was selected as a 2019 Performance and Innovation in the State Revolving Fund Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Exceptional Project by the Environmental Protection Agency for Region 8.


“Congratulations to the community of Dell Rapids for this special recognition,” said Gov. Noem. “This project was a huge success for the community allowing it to achieve compliance with wastewater discharge permit limits and ensure long-term system reliability. This is a well-deserved award and I am very proud of the work they have done.”


The PISCES Program nationally recognizes exceptional projects for water quality improvements, protection of public health, economic benefits, sustainability, or innovation. This project is one of only 13 projects recognized in 2019.


Dell Rapids’ outdated wastewater treatment facility needed improvements to prevent surface water discharge violations and ensure long-term system reliability. A sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment facility was chosen as the best alternative to address the needs of the city.  The new wastewater treatment plant began operation in early 2019 and is providing high quality wastewater effluent that meets discharge limits.


The Board of Water and Natural Resources awarded a $2,386,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan and $3,372,000 in grants for the $5.8 million project. 


The EPA requested each state nominate one project financed with a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for the national PISCES award.  Projects nominated for the PISCES Award were to focus on a sophisticated approach to addressing water quality, creative financing mechanisms, and partnerships to leverage financing opportunities.


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