In 1990, the Squaw Creek Water District requested assistance from the
WWDC in locating an additional water supply and protecting the existing
spring from surface water contamination. The district presently serves
40 taps and has the potential to expand to serve up to 72 taps.
In 1991, the Level I study evaluated the existing water supply system
and determined that the spring could be subject to surface water
contamination. Further, it was concluded that the spring was inadequate
to meet the needs of the district and that additional storage was
In 1992, the Level II work consisted of drilling a test well at the
location selected during the Level I investigation. Unfortunately, the
well did not produce sufficient water to serve the district. It was
determined that additional exploration should be performed. During the
1993 Legislative Session, the Level II budget was increased to drill
additional exploration wells. WWDC spent most of 1993 attempting to
locate a suitable drilling site. The effort was abandoned due to the
cost of access and access road construction to the suitable sites.
Finally, negotiations with the Forest Service proved successful in
gaining permission to drill several alluvial wells in the Game Creek
The Game Creek wells proved to be a reliable source. Conceptual designs
and cost estimates were prepared for the project. The proposed Level
III project will include alluvial wells along Game Creek and water
supply pipelines necessary to deliver water to the district. A bag
filter system, necessary to meet EPA water quality requirements, will be
funded from other sources.
In 1995, the district performed the legal work necessary to incur the
project debt and sought the necessary Special Use from the U.S. Forest
Service. Construction should commence in 1996.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required on this project.