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 47. PROJECT:Lusk Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Lusk
LOCATION:Niobrara County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 10 1994 I $75,000 1996
Level II 8 1995 I $150,000 1996

The Town of Lusk's water supply system is supplied by five wells which are over 40 years old. Water is conveyed to the town through a pipeline with lead joints to their storage tanks. The town is having some difficulty meeting the EPA safe drinking water requirements.

The town has a current population of 1504, and serve 815 taps through their municipal water system. They are presently able to meet existing demands, however, anticipated growth may exceed present supplies.

The Level II study conducted in 1995 involved construction of a successful well, and preparation of conceptual designs and cost estimates for needed system improvements. The total cost of the recommended improvements, including engineering and contingencies, is estimated at $1,990,000. This includes the Level II well costs ($90,000), modifications and additions to their system to incorporate the new well ($296,000), a new storage tank and improvements to their existing tank ($340,475), and additions to their transmission system ($734,073).

The WWDC eligible portions of the project consist of the Level II well construction, the modifications and additions to their system to incorporate the new well, and the new storage tank and improvements to their existing tank. The first two items are necessary to put the new well into service, and should be funded this biennium. The new tank and the work on their existing storage is not an immediate concern, and should be postponed until the next biennium or funded elsewhere.

The Commission recommends that the project be advanced to Level III status in the New Development Program with an appropriation of $420,000. The financing plan includes a 67% grant and a 33% loan (4%, 20 years). The sponsor will be required to reimburse the WWDC for 33% of the Level II well construction costs ($30,000, 4%, 20 years).

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