WEB Water says its 107 towers and 6,800 miles of pipe provide water to five ethanol plants and 8,458 rural hookups. Hookup #8,459 will not be happening in Athol, Ashton, Rockham, Zell, or Frankfort: WEB Water has imposed a moratorium on new hookups in those parts of Spink and Faulk County. According to WEB GM Angie Hammrich, it will take $200 million to add the capacity necessary to lift that moratorium.
Reaching the limits of WEB’s current water capacity puts a crimp in the designs of Grow Spink and other economic developers. Yet local boosters and officials in Spink County made little to no fuss about the Dakota Access Pipeline, which poses a direct threat to local water supplies.
Water is finite. Developers will either need to pay for more water or work harder to conserve and protect the water they have.