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 75. PROJECT:Sinclair Master Plan
SPONSOR:Town of Sinclair
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 10 1994 I $250,000 1996

The Town of Sinclair is an incorporated municipality with a population of 500. The water treatment and distribution system for the Town of Sinclair is operated by the Sinclair Refinery. The town has identified several deficiencies in their supply and distribution system. The existing 75,000 gallon tank was constructed in 1924 and is badly corroded. In 1993, the town requested funding for a water supply master plan to assess present/future needs and to evaluate the entire water system that was constructed seven decades ago. A first phase of the Level I master plan has been completed. The project was delayed pending resolution of institutional issues between the Town of Sinclair, the Sinclair Refinery, and the City of Rawlins. Negotiations are continuing between the entities and differences are slowly being resolved. At a minimum, a new water storage facility with appurtenant piping and equipment is needed for Sinclair.

The master plan also evaluated potential improvements to the City of Rawlins' Fort Steele Pipeline to serve the area. The Ft. Steele line is in poor condition and maintenance is becoming extremely costly. The report recommended complete replacement of the line. Depending upon the option chosen and the eventual use of the water, replacement will cost between $6,000,000 and $12,000,000. The City of Rawlins has decided to evaluate their options for a year to determine the financial options and impact of replacing the line.

The WWDC recommends that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.

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