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 water supply systems. WWDC funded a Level II
study to evaluate existing supply sources, to explore for new sources
including development of groundwater, and to recommend alternatives.
Four of six water companies went through a district formation process.
One system elected to use an existing improvement district to sponsor
water system improvements. The sixth system decided not to form a
district, and assessed its membership for the funds needed to bring the
water system into compliance with EPA standards.
The community of Freedom formed the Freedom Water and Sewer District.
The community is currently dependent on a single well for its water
supply, and the system has no storage capacity. An exploratory well
constructed in 1991 was unsuccessful, yielding water of unacceptable
quality. In 1992, a second well was drilled. The well yielded over 650
gpm of good quality water. Conceptual plans and cost estimates for the
pump station, storage tank and pipeline necessary to utilize the well
In 1993, the funding package was completed when commitments for funding
were obtained from the Farmer's Home Administration and the Farm Loan
Board. The plans and specifications are complete. Due to a very
restricted pipeline alignment, right-of-way acquisition has been more
time consuming than anticipated. The project is under construction
and will be completed early in 1997.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is needed on this project.