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 92. PROJECT:Vista West Water Supply
SPONSOR:Vista West Improvement and Service District
LOCATION:Crook County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1994 I $540,000* 1997
*67% grant, 33% loan ($4%, 31 years, 1 year deferral)

The Vista West Improvement and Service District serves 29 homes, a mobile home park and the Teen Challenge Facility. The district is supplied by a collection gallery in a spring located in Ogden Canyon, approximately 3 miles from the district. Water is pumped from the collection gallery approximately one mile to a 50,000 gallon buried storage tank located on a ridge. From this point, the water flows by gravity to a booster pump at the subdivision where the water is treated and delivered to a 70,000 gallon buried storage tank. The existing system is costly to operate, cannot meet fire flow requirements, and does not meet EPA standards for surface water treatment.

The Level II study first analyzed the feasibility of purchasing water from the Town of Sundance since that alternative would use an existing and verified source. Cost of this alternative was estimated to be $70 per tap per month for users in Vista West. Consequently, test holes were drilled in Reuter Canyon. One of the wells had an estimated yield in excess of 100 gpm. A second well yields about 12 gpm. The project includes the cost of converting the wells to production status, a pipeline from the wells to the town's existing storage tank, repairs to the tank, and removal and reclamation of the town's existing water supply facilities on the National Forest.

In 1994, the WWDC recommended that the project be progressed in the New Development Program at Level III status. Construction began in the fall of 1995 and is nearly complete.

No legislative action is needed on this project.

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