Tester gauges progress on bringing water to the Hi-Line

Senator meets with water project representatives

(MISSOULA, Mont.) –  Senator Jon Tester met with representatives of the Rocky Boy’s/North Central Montana Water Project to discuss progress on getting clean water to communities along the Hi-Line.

The Project will deliver water to Chouteau, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Glacier, Teton, and Toole counties, an area of approximately 6.8 million acres.  Communities in the area currently suffer from a lack of clean, reliable water sources. 

Tester says that reliable water infrastructure is vital for rural communities to attract business and jobs.

“Since my time in the State Senate, I’ve worked with the Rocky Boy’s/North Central Montana Water Project to secure funding for this vital effort,” Tester said.  “Clean water is critical to sustain the livelihood of our rural communities and this project is creating jobs while investing in long-term infrastructure that will benefit folks living on the Hi-Line for generations to come.”

The Project’s representatives thanked Tester for his hard work and dedication to bringing clean, reliable water to their communities.

Tester met with Tony Belcourt, CEO, Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. and state legislator; Steve Burian, Advanced Engineering; Mary Heller, General Manager, Central Montana Regional Water Authority of Havre, Montana; Bruce Sunchild, Chippewa Cree Tribe; Brian Eagleman, Chippewa Cree Tribe.

Senator Tester pledged to continue working with the representatives as they implemented the Project, and to provide residents of the Hi-Line with improved water sources.