Emergency Water Supply Program opens for applications

Thursday, August 19, 2021

 

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) Emergency Water Supply Program has opened for applications. The program will reimburse livestock owners with verifiable water losses from the drought for 50% of eligible costs for temporary water supply, equipment and hauling, up to $4,500 per individual.

“The drought has dried up watering holes that livestock producers usually depend on for pastured livestock and more permanent solutions are needed,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “While the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program helps with new wells and water infrastructure, the demand is high and the wait for water well drillers often exceeds six months. This program will help fill the gap until producers can get a new well or other water source secured.”

The North Dakota State Water Commission approved $2 million for the program late last month.

Transportation costs incurred for water hauled between July 1, 2021, and Oct. 31, 2021, are eligible. Only one payment will be made, so producers should wait to apply until they have completed hauling water for the season.

To access the application, or for more information including eligibility and application requirements, go to www.nd.gov/ndda/ewsp. Questions may be directed to livestockwater@nd.gov or 1-844-642-4752. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2021.