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 95. PROJECT:Washakie Rural Water Supply
SPONSOR:Washakie County
LOCATION:Washakie County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 10 1994 I $100,000   1996
Level I 15 1996 I Hold* 1998
*A block appropriation of $15,000 was made for all hold projects.

The Washakie County Commissioners applied for assistance in performing a study to evaluate the potential of providing water to rural areas in the Worland vicinity. There has been substantial residential development in rural Washakie County, and because groundwater is generally poor in the area there is need for a centralized water system.

The project identified all the rural users that could potentially be served by rural water systems in Washakie County. Several sources of supply were considered, but the Worland municipal system was determined to be the only cost effective choice. A maximum of 333 taps were identified, which would require approximately 78 miles of pipeline to serve. A number of variations in service area configuration were considered in an effort to delineate the most cost effective means to serve the maximum number of taps. The least expensive scenario would require monthly water bills of $84/tap to construct and operate.

A public meeting was held in Worland to present the results of this study. Attendees were informed that the County Commissioners requested WWDC conduct this study to give them information on the feasibility and costs to develop rural water systems in their area. They were informed that if they desire to pursue this idea they should begin the process of organizing into district(s) and contact WWDC.

The WWDC recommends that the project remain on Level II-Hold status.

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