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 26. PROJECT:Etna Water Supply
SPONSOR:Etna Water and Sewer District
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1994 I $300,000* 1997
*67% grant, 33% loan (4%, 30 years)

In 1989, Lincoln County approached the Water Development Commission on behalf of six Star Valley public water systems under enforcement orders from EPA to rehabilitate their water supply systems. WWDC funded a Level II study to evaluate existing supply sources, to explore for new sources of water, and to recommend alternatives. Five of six water companies went through a district formation process. The other company decided not to form a district, and assessed its membership for the funds needed to bring the water system into compliance with EPA standards.

The community of Etna, which presently serves 50 taps, formed the Etna Water and Sewer District. The community is currently dependent on two springs for its water supply. The Level II study recommended that the springs be redeveloped to protect water quality, and that a well be constructed to meet peak demands and allow the district to serve additional existing homes in the area. The 1992 Level II work focused on evaluation of available geohydrologic information.

The Level II investigation performed during 1993 included construction of a successful test well. The well is capable of meeting the needs of Etna and the surrounding area into the foreseeable future. Conceptual designs and cost estimates were prepared for the needed facilities, including a pump station, spring improvements, pipelines and appurtenances.

In 1994, the project was advanced in the New Development Program to Level III status. The project agreement, note and mortgage have been prepared and the sponsor must execute these documents before the project can proceed. It appears the project will get on track in 1996 and should be completed prior to July 1, 1997.

No legislative action is recommended on this project.

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