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 31. PROJECT:Etna Water Supply
SPONSOR:Etna Water and Sewer District
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1994 I $300,000* 1997
*67% grant, 33% loan (4%, 30 years)

In 1989, Lincoln County approached the Water Development Commission on behalf of six Star Valley public water systems under enforcement orders from EPA to rehabilitate their water supply systems. WWDC funded a Level II study to evaluate existing supply sources, to explore for new sources of water, and to recommend alternatives. Five of six water companies went through a district formation process. The other company decided not to form a district, and assessed its membership for the funds needed to bring the water system into compliance with EPA standards.

The community of Etna, which presently serves 50 taps, formed the Etna Water and Sewer District. The community is currently dependent on two springs for its water supply. The Level II study recommended that the springs be redeveloped to protect water quality, and that a well be constructed to meet peak demands and allow the district to serve additional existing homes in the area. The 1992 Level II work focused on evaluation of available geohydrologic information.

The Level II investigation performed during 1993 included construction of a successful test well. The well is capable of meeting the needs of Etna and the surrounding area into the foreseeable future. Conceptual designs and cost estimates were prepared for the needed facilities, including a pump station, spring improvements, pipelines and appurtenances.

In 1994 the district requested and received WWDC Level III funding to proceed with only the immediate needs identified, delaying the long term needs until an unspecified future time. The improvements for the immediate needs includes the redevelopment and renovation of the water system's springs, completion/development of the supplemental well constructed under the WWDC Level II study, connection of the well to the system and system disinfection equipment. That project was not constructed due to local issues involved with the formation and reformation of the Etna Water and Sewer District.

More recently the district has reconsidered the long-term implications of approaching the project on a phased piecemeal approach. It is now felt that the district residents would be better served by implementing the "immediate" and "long term" improvement recommendations as a single project. This approach will reduce the over-all project costs, reduce the long-term user rates and provide greater over-all benefit to the public. The long range improvements provide for a 250,000 gallon storage tank and new transmission line piping; to alleviate low pressures, replace deteriorated 30 year old leaking lines and to provide emergency storage. In addition the long range improvements include non WWDC eligible items to replace distribution lines and the installation of service connections and meters.

Increased funds are being requested to allow the sponsor to complete the project as originally presented in the Level II study. The project agreement, note and mortgage have been prepared and the sponsor must execute these documents before the project can proceed. It appears the project is ready to proceed in 1998 and should be completed prior to January, 1999.

The WWDC recommends that the project appropriation be increased from $300,000 to $690,000. The previously approved 1994 loan of $99,000 at 4% over 30 years is recommended to be canceled. The financing plan would be a 62% grant of the eligible project costs, with the sponsor obtaining the remaining project funding in the form of a grant and loan from the Rural Utilities Service and Federal Mineral Royalty Capital Construction Account grant for WWDC ineligible project components.

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