2021 Emergency Water Transportation Assistance Program

Applications are now CLOSED.

Reimbursement on 50% of eligible costs up to $4500 per individual


WHO is eligible for this program?

  • Livestock owners who have verifiable water losses from drought and must purchase water and/or transport water to livestock
    • Water losses verifiable through the following
      • Photos
      • Written descriptions
  • Must own breeding livestock
    • For the purposes of this program, breeding livestock is defined as; beef and dairy cows, bison, sheep, and goats
  • Must have a minimum of 25 animal unit equivalents. The Animal Unit Equivalents Guide is adopted from the NRCS National Rangeland and Pasture Handbook
  • The following will be considered “water”
    • Purchased from rural water system or municipality
    • Water from personal wells or on farm rural water is only eligible for transportation assistance.
  • The following will be considered equipment for rental assistance
    • Storage tanks, transportation tanks, and other material to assist in transportation of water.


WHAT is eligible for assistance?

  • Transportation costs for water incurred between July 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021.
    • Water must be used for the purposes of your own livestock operation
  • Eligibility details
    • Eligible for reimbursement of a portion of expenses based on loaded mile of purchased water delivered. Eligible mileage expenses include the following:
      • Personal mileage – rate will be set at $2.00 per mile
      • Commercial mileage – rate will be based on total amount charged
        • Expense must be per mile basis for transportation
        • Reimbursement will be percentage based
    • Receipts received for pick-up and trailer transportation will be prorated accordingly
    • Receipts for rental of equipment will be prorated based on averages of program.
    • Receipts for water purchase will be prorated based on averages of program.
      • If water receipt not available, please document where water was purchased and number of gallons.
    • Commercial rates higher than program average will be reduced to average or rejected
    • Receipts received at other than per mile will be based on program average or rejected.
  • Must have receipts for purchased water and/or have transportation costs associated due to the loss of water supply


To apply click here. All applications must be submitted by December 1, 2021.


Completed application must include:

  • A signed IRS W-9 form
  • Third party verification of water loss form completed by bank, county extension agent, or veterinarian  
  • All receipts must be included
  • Producer must agree to terms on the application form  


For questions email livestockwater@nd.gov.