In 1990, the Bridger Valley Joint Powers Board requested assistance from
the WWDC in determining the feasibility of expanding the Board's service
area. The Joint Powers Board presently supplies water to the Towns of
Mountain View and Lyman; the Blacks Fork, Lower Bench and Fort Bridger
Water Districts; and 176 individual homes and businesses. Water users
not in the service area have no potable or poor quality water in limited
supplies. The Bridger Valley Joint Powers Board felt at that time they
had sufficient water rights and water treatment plant capacity to serve
additional users not included in the present service area.
In 1991, the WWDC completed a Level I study which evaluated the
possibility of serving additional areas in the Bridger Valley. In
1992, a Level II study found that the Bridger Valley Joint Powers Board
system is operating at its maximum capacity and will need a major
upgrade to provide clean water to its current members in the very near
future. The Lyman springs, which are a major component of the area
water supply, also became a concern due to the possibility of EPA
regulation. In 1994, the Level II study determined that there is a
surface water connection problem with the Lyman Springs. The surface
water connection problem prompted the Town of Lyman to seek funding to
rehabilitate their spring system. The Wyoming Water Development
Commission gave approval to the project as long as it is configured so
it is compatible with a future regional Bridger Valley system.
In 1996 the legislature approved $255,000 to be expended in
rehabilitating the various project components. The legal documents have
been executed, the design of the facility improvements is underway.
The project should be constructed in 1997.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.