Successful Scholarship Applicants & Their Essays
2015 Scholarship Winners
Jecelyn McKayla Wehde
Essay: The Importance of Mid-Dakota Water
Mid-Dakota has been a very important aspect of my life growing up. I live two miles south of Huron. My parents, along with my younger brother, older sister and myself, have all benefitted from Mid-Dakota. It is crazy to think that without the simplicity of water, we would not be able to do much. Every day we use water by bathing, flushing the toilet, cooking cleaning, drinking and much more. I realize that most days I don't think a lot about how important and blessed I have been to receive water so easily. However, I have come to know that without water, little would be possible.
For my family, Mid-Dakota has helped us immen
sely. I am
extremely grateful that my family and I are able to receive Mid-Dakota water. Through this benefit, we are able to achieve so much. I always enjoy having a clean house, food on the table, warm water to bathe, water to drink whenever I am thirsty...the list goes on and on. It breaks my heart when I hear of the little children in other countries who don't get clean water. I think we often times take for granted the clean water we receive. This is easy to do because water has become a natural necessity for us. However, we should remember that not everyone in the world is fortunate enough to have unlimited amounts of clean water.
It is such a wonderful feeling, knowing that the water we receive is clean and one-hundred percent healthy for us. I would like to thank you for providing my family and I with clean, healthy, unlimited amounts of water. Without it, little would be possible. Thank you for your time and consideration in reading my essay.
Essay: Mid-Dakota Allows Us to Live, and Not Just Survive
Water is essential for all living things to survive. I drink more glasses of water every day than I do any other liquid. This abundance of clean water provided to my family has not come easily. Mid-Dakota water reached my home just ten years ago, and since then our life has improved greatly.
The artesian water I initially grew up on was harsh
. Until 2004, it made our clothes, blankets and sheets dingy. It was the cause of rust in our sinks and bathtubs. My parents had to use a water
softener so we could drink it. As kids, my siblings and I would hook up the garden hose and fill up the kiddie pool. After we had our fun splashing around, we would come out having a slight sulfur smell because it was artesian water.
We would water our live Christmas tree with artesian water. After a few years, we switched to having a 'fake' Christmas tree. I believe part of the reason for the switch was because the live Christmas tree did not last long on artesian water. Mid-Dakota water has allowed my family to have a real live Christmas tree again, and bring back part of a tradition.
In the church I attended when I was younger, I almost always refused to drink water there unless I was desperately thirsty. The water was so full of minerals and had an awful salty taste. I cannot help but think how different it would be if they received Mid-Dakota water as well.
Thanks to Mid-Dakota Rural Water, my family can enjoy clean, healthy water without the added workload of adding softener or repairing damaged pipes. We can live, and not just survive.
Mid-Dakota Rural Water System, Inc. has been a very important part of the recent history and of the future of the town that I live in, Gettysburg, South Dakota. I am too young to remember but the older residents of Gettysburg tell me that we used to get our water from an artesian well. They tell me that it d
id not have a very pleasant taste and it caused the people in the community to have discolored teeth. To alleviate these problems the city decided to install a pipeline from the Missouri River and have our own treatment plant. This was not only very expensive to put in and to maintain, but there were problems with the pipeline and the treatment center right from the start. It got so bad that there was talk of maybe going back to the artesian well or starting over again with another pipeline from the river.
The arrival of Mid-Dakota Rural Water solved these problems for Gettysburg. The water was better quality than we had ever had before, it was cheaper that we had been used to, and it was incredibly reliable, which is something that we had not been accustomed to at all. I cannot imagine that the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System could have helped any community more, or come at a better time than it did for Gettysburg.
The Mid-Dakota Rural Water System has also helped my family's business significantly. We own a farm right beside Gettysburg, along with a couple of ranches further from town, but still within the Mid-Dakota Rural Water service area. The same problems that plagued the city of Gettysburg were also problematic at our ranches. The artesian well that we had was very hard on the cattle watere
rs, the hydrants and anything else that the water came into contact with. We were able to get water from the city at our farm in town, but they charged a lot extra because we were not within the city limits and it had become very expensive. There was also talk that they may cut us off from using the city's water because of all the problems that they were suffering.
Once again the creation of the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System was the solution. We were able to hookup both places up to the Mid-Dakota System and it solved all of these problems. Our farms and ranch enjoys a reliable source of clean water at a price cheaper than we could get before. Also our watering equipment has a much longer life than before which once again saves us a lot of money and does away with a lot of day to day maintenance.
Essay: Mid-Dakota is our Savior
I live in the small community of Holabird in Hyde County and thanks to Mid-Dakota Rural Water System we have safe, healthy drinking water.
I will start this story at the beginning, my family and our two dogs moved from Pierre to Holabird when I was eight. We really enjoyed our small town and the small town living. We shared a well with a few of the other families in town, one of the neighbors did water testing once a month to make sure our water was safe. For a few years the tests came back okay but the water had started to smell occasionally and did leave stains on our dishes and clothes sometimes. Shortly after these problems started we got back a test level that wasn't good, we were told we needed to find a new water source as the well water was no longer safe for humans or animals to consume. Whatever the bad levels were I remember my mom saying that if we continued to drink the water it could cause health problems. The families that use dhte well had a meeting and decided to talk with Mid-Dakota to see if we could get hooked up to their system.
The answer was yes, Mid-Dakota was very willing to work with us both physically and financially to help us get switched from the nasty well to their system. So after a short time of having to buy all our water, Mid-Dakota came through, they had all the pipes, meters in and we could start hooking up our homes. The families in our small town worked together to hook our houses up to the Mid-Dakota water.
We now have great water that tastes good, doesn't smell, doesn't leave stains and doesn't make my mom complain about how hard it is to clean up the shower. Thanks to Mid-Dakota other small towns like ours and other people don't have to worry about drinking water that could make them sick.
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