In 1989, Lincoln County approached the Water Development Commission on
behalf of six Star Valley public water systems under enforcement orders
from EPA to rehabilitate their water supply systems. WWDC funded a
Level II study to evaluate existing supply sources, to explore for new
sources of water, and to recommend alternatives. Five of six water
companies went through a district formation process. The other company
decided not to form a district, and assessed its membership for the
funds needed to bring the water system into compliance with EPA
The community of Etna, which presently serves 50 taps, formed the Etna
Water and Sewer District. The community is currently dependent on two
springs for its water supply. The Level II study recommended that the
springs be redeveloped to protect water quality, and that a well be
constructed to meet peak demands and allow the district to serve
additional existing homes in the area. The 1992 Level II work focused
on evaluation of available geohydrologic information.
The Level II investigation performed during 1993 included construction
of a successful test well. The well is capable of meeting the needs of
Etna and the surrounding area into the foreseeable future. Conceptual
designs and cost estimates were prepared for the needed facilities,
including a pump station, spring improvements, pipelines and
In 1994 the project was advanced in the New Development Program to Level
III status. The project agreement, note and mortgage have been prepared
and the sponsor must execute these documents before the project can
proceed. There have been major delays in the project due to local issues.
It appears the project will get on track in 1997 and should be completed
prior to July 1, 1999.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
It is recommended that existing legislation be amended to extend the
reversion date to July 1, 1999.