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 32. PROJECT:Freedom Water Supply
SPONSOR:Freedom Water and Sewer District
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 89 1993 I $737,000* 1997
*67% grant

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 were prepared.

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.

No legislative action is needed on this project.

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