The Town of Pine Bluff's water supply system consists of six wells, and
a conveyance, storage, and distribution system. They are having
difficulty with low pressure in some parts of their distribution system,
and they are concerned with its age. The Town of Pine Bluffs has a
population of 1054, and serves 510 taps. They are presently able to
meet existing demands, however, anticipated growth may exceed present
In 1994, a Level I study was completed to inventory the existing water
supply system, define needed improvements, and provide preliminary
designs and cost estimates for those improvements. As a result of this
study, the town requested advancement to Level II in order to perform
well efficiency studies.
The Level II study was completed in 1995, and identifies several areas
in need of repair/modification: replacement of well #5, its pumphouse,
pump, telemetry, etc. ($75,141); rehabilitation of well #4, its
pumphouse, pump, telemetry, etc. ($60,973); a transmission line from the
wells directly to storage ($650,969); a chlorination system ($31,625);
and distribution system improvements ($412,390). The latter two
components are not eligible for WWDC funding. The eligible components
of the project total $865,000.
The town has requested WWDC proceed with a funding request for the first
two items (replacement of well #5 and rehabilitation of well #4). They
plan to approach the WWDC in the future for assistance on the remainder of
the eligible items identified in the Level II report.
The 1996 Legislature approved funding for the rehabilitation of the wells
as requested. The town has executed the legal documents and is in the
process of hiring an engineer.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.