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 69. PROJECT:Meeteetse Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Meeteetse
LOCATION:Park County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 8 1995 I $75,000 1996
Level II 15 1996 I $100,000 1998

Meeteetse has a population of 386. There are 240 taps in town and 32 existing taps in the rural areas served by the town. The median household income for Meeteetse is $20,667. Water rates are $17.00 per month for the first 5,000 gallons, plus $0.75 per 1000 gallons for usage over 5,000 gallons. The average monthly water bill is $33.25 compared to the state average of $26.62. The town may be eligible for significant assistance from the Rural Utilities Service.

A Level I report was completed in 1995. The report determined that areas around Meeteetse are developing. These areas are served by individual wells with poor groundwater quality. The residents of the rural areas have not formed a district and the report indicated that the monthly cost of city water would be in excess of $100. This projected cost has led many rural residents to voice their opposition to the project. In addition, the Level I report identified several improvements to the town's water treatment system. A Level II study is underway to determine the feasibility of 1) relocating the intake to the treatment plant, 2) relocating the treatment plant, 3) improving the existing treatment plant and 4) protecting the existing intake and treatment plant from bank erosion.

The Level II study is being conducted by RBD, Inc. Engineering Consultants, a division of The Sear-Brown Group. The Level I study was completed by James Gores and Associates in 1995. The Town of Meeteetse operates a conventional filtration plant that treats water diverted from the Wood River. The Level I report several problems/deficiencies with the water supply and treatment systems. These problems include:

  1. The quality of the water supply is extremely variable throughout the year. It is turbid in the spring during runoff and very clear in the winter.

  2. The treatment plant is located on the 100 year flood plain and is vulnerable to inundation.

  3. The intake is also vulnerable to flooding and should be moved or extensively modified.

  4. The existing treatment process should be extensively modified to treat the variable water supply and comply with the provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

A Level I study completed in 1995 by James Gores and Associates recommended moving the water supply intake to Lower Sunshine Reservoir and building a new water treatment plant outside the 100 year flood plain near Sunshine Reservoir. A pilot plant study was completed in 1997 to determine the feasibility and projected cost of treating Lower Sunshine Reservoir water with conventional and micro-filtration processes. Micro-filtration is feasible and is expected to have considerably lower operation and maintenance costs. The level II study was completed in 1997 and recommended the following improvements to the Meeteetse water system:

  1. Move the diversion from the Wood River to the Lower Sunshine Reservoir at the Gate House

  2. Construct a backup supply lift station at the Sunshine Dam toe drain

  3. Construct a raw water pipeline from the dam diversion to the water treatment plant

  4. Construct a new water treatment plant

  5. Construct a finished water transmission main to tie in with the main from the existing water treatment plant to the Town.

Preliminary designs and cost estimates were prepared for the above listed improvements.

The town has requested funding (60% grant only) for items 1, 2, 3, and 5 from the WWDC New Development account. The remaining 40% of the capital cost of these components will be financed with grants from the RUS. Component 4 would be financed from a combination of grants and loans from Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (WSLIB) and the RUS.

WWDC grant (17%):$ 333,000.00 
WSLIB grant (16%):$ 300,000.00(more grant funds may be available)
RUS grant (36%):$ 680,000.00 
RUS loan (31%):$ 598,000.00(5%)

The WWDC recommends that the project be advanced to Level III status in the New Development Program with an appropriation of $333,000.00 (grant only). The Town of Meeteetse will obtain the 40% match from grants and loans provided by the U.S. Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

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