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 12. PROJECT:Burlington Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Burlington
LOCATION:Big Horn County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 15 1996 I $75,000 1998

There are 77 taps currently serving 195 residents and 279 children enrolled in the school. The town is served by two shallow, alluvial wells. The wells are 35 feet deep and there is about 23 feet of saturated thickness of the alluvium. The water level rises in the summer months. The well is surrounded by a feedlot, buildings, old cars, and farm land which are possible sources of contamination. The residents of Burlington have a relatively new water system and pay an average of $27.00 per month for water service.

In 1996, a Level II report was completed by MSE/HKM. The report noted several deficiencies in the Burlington water system including inadequate chlorination, flow bottlenecks, minimal fire flows, and unprotected shallow alluvial wells. The wells produce abundant, good quality water. However, because they are completed to a depth of only 35' and contain 25' of water, they are vulnerable to surface contamination. The proposed Level III project will:

  1. Implement a well head protection area around the existing wells including purchase of those properties most likely to pose a threat to the wells.

  2. Construct a larger (8") pipeline from the wells to the tank. This will eliminate a serious bottleneck in the system and enable more efficient filling of the existing water storage tank.

  3. Replace the existing pumps in the two production wells with larger capacity units. In conjunction with #2 above, this improvement will enable more efficient filling of the existing water storage tank, provide better water pressure during the irrigation season, and provide a redundant water main into town.

  4. Install a gas chlorination system to replace the existing hypochlorite system. This improvement will enable Burlington to more fully comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act and will reduce corrosion problems in the well house.

  5. Irrigate parks with separate irrigation wells.

These improvements have been estimated to cost $744,200.00. However, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will finance $414,200.00 ($364,200.00 grant, $50,000.00 loan at 5 1/8% for 30 years).

The WWDC recommends that the project be advanced to Level III with an appropriation of $360,000.00 grant (no loan).

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