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 03. PROJECT:Bairoil Water Supply
LEVEL:New Application
SPONSOR:Town of Bairoil
LOCATION:Sweetwater County
PROGRAM:New Development

The historic potable water supply for the Town of Bairoil has been Abel Springs. The average production from these springs is 35-50 gpm, depending on recharge from snowpack and precipitation. Their transmission system consists of approximately 3 miles of pvc pipeline that was installed 14 years ago and is reportedly in good condition. They have 300,000 gallons of storage available, and their only treatment is chlorination. The water quality of the springs is of some concern, being high in iron and nitrates.

The town also has a secondary potable water source from six, 2000 feet deep Battle Springs formation wells owned and operated by Amoco. This wellfield is located 13 to 18 miles from Bairoil, and is utilized by Amoco as a water source for secondary oil recovery operations. The wellfield is capable of a combined production of about 3000 gpm. The town has 1/2 mile of four inch pvc pipeline connecting the Amoco pipeline with their storage tank. This pipe is 14 years old and reportedly in good condition.

Due to limited production from their springs, Amoco wells have supplied the majority of the town's water supply during high demand periods. The town is apprehensive about utilizing an outside supplier for their water needs, and report that Amoco has operational problems with their portion of the transmission line. The town indicated that Amoco has been considering discontinuing use of the pipeline and wellfield. If this were to occur the town could potentially take over operation of the wells and pipeline, but they feel the operational problems would be difficult to overcome and expensive to repair.

Because of the water quality issues with their springs and the problems with the Amoco wellfield and pipeline, the town desires to conduct a Level II study to analyze their alternatives. This may include construction of up to two test wells to determine if successful Battle Springs wells could be completed closer to town than the Amoco wellfield.

The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the New Development Program at Level II with an appropriation of $225,000.

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