The community of Carpenter has a population of approximately 108 people.
Presently, the community is served by individual wells, some of which are
contaminated by a leaking gas tank and surrounding septic systems. In
1995, the community formed the Carpenter Water and Sewer District so it
could address its existing water supply problems.
WWDC staff prepared a Level I study in 1995 that recommended construction
of a groundwater source, an elevated storage tank, transmission and
distribution lines, and appurtenances. In 1996 a Level II study was
performed to prepare conceptual designs and cost estimates, which shows
the total project cost to be $860,000. The WWDC eligible portion of the
total project cost is $538,000, with RUS funding committed for a portion
of the remainder, and a FLB request under consideration.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be advanced to Level III status in the New
Development Program, with an appropriation of $360,000. The financing
plan includes a grant for 67% of the WWDC eligible portion of the project,
with RUS and FLB providing the remainder of the required funding.