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 59. PROJECT:Osage Water Supply
SPONSOR:Osage Water District
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 10 1994 I Hold 1996
Level II 8 1995 I $140,000 1996

Osage currently purchases water service from Black Hills Power and Light (BHPL). BHPL owns the source wells, the transmission pipelines, storage facility and the distribution system. BHPL projects phase-out of their power generation facility at Osage between 2010 and 2015. Osage wants to acquire the system from BHPL and rehabilitate the components to bring the system up to standards.

The Level II report identified approximately $2,000,000 in recommended system improvements which should be made to the system to insure a long term reliable supply. BHPL and the community have signed contracts transferring the well and water system to the District contingent on the District receiving funding to purchase the system and perform necessary repairs. In 1995, the WWDC funded the stimulation of a Madison well currently owned by Black Hills. Production was increased from about 12 gpm to an excess of 300 gpm.

The Commission recommends that the project be placed on hold status to allow the District sufficient time to hold the bond election necessary to secure partial project funding from Rural Economic and Community Development.

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