The Town of Rolling Hills received assistance from the Water Development
Commission in the past to construct a Lance Formation well and improvements
to the town's storage and transmission system. While the WWDC
well is in good condition and remains a major water source, the two
older wells apparently were improperly constructed and developed. The
wells are also located too close together and cannot be pumped at
maximum capacity at the same time.
The Level II project included construction of an additional well,
evaluation of the existing water system, and preparation of conceptual
designs and cost estimates for needed improvements.
The project includes the new well that was completed during Level II
($80,000), the pumping system, building, controls, and appurtenances
($115,000), the pipeline and appurtenances necessary to connect the new
well to the existing transmission system ($11,500), and a chlorination
system ($3,500). The pipeline portion of the project has been
completed. The remaining work is scheduled for completion in 1997. The
town's existing wells have begun to produce methane gas. Therefore, the
scope of the project now includes installation an aeration system to
expel the gas from their water supply.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The Commission recommends that the existing Level III legislation be amended
to increase the funding from $200,000 to $282,000. The financing plan is
recommended to remain at 67% grant and a 33% loan at an interest rate of
4% for 20 years. The sponsor will be required to reimburse the WWDC for
33% of the Level II well construction cost (26,400, 4%, 20 years).