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Representatives push for completion of regional water project

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Once its finished, the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System will do wonders for its community members. But a lack of money has stalled the project.

Minnesota Representatives met at Worthington City Hall to push for more federal funding. They say it's better to get this project done sooner rather than endure more costs later.

"It is truly bi-partisan, fiscally smart. Our local partners have paid 99.7% up front and all we're asking is for the federal government to come up with its share and get this thing done, run the water and let the people grow," Rep. Tim Walz

Growth is vital for a town that's barely holding on with its current water supply. The Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamations was also in town to oversee the meeting.

"It's a regionalized project bringing the communities together. They provide that very basic service of water which is the foundation of economic activity, it's very important in rural America. We're trying to be as supportive as we can with projects like this," Commissioner Mike Connor said.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar agrees.

"Having his plant with good clean and plentiful water is important that's why we've got to get this done. It's been hard on our people, we've been excited for South Dakota but we have to get this done through Minnesota," Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.

"This thing makes sense, getting this done faster is jobs in the short run and water with economic growth in the long run," Walz said.

Worthington will need a $35 million investment in federal funding to get this project done by 2021. City officials say this project is about 5 years behind schedule. Any answers to federal funding won't come until the 2013 legislative session.

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