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 09. PROJECT:Buffalo Valley Water Supply
SPONSOR:Buffalo Valley Water District
LOCATION:Teton County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 46 1997 I $90,000   1999
Level III 38 1998 I $475,000* 2001
*60% grant; 40% loan (71/4%, 30 years); plus $6,264 loan for well (71/4%, 30 years)

The WWDC staff prepared a Level I study in 1996 that inventoried the existing system, evaluated water supply needs, and evaluated water supply alternatives for the water users in the Buffalo Valley area. Preliminary plans and cost estimates were developed for the identified alternatives and a preferred alternative was selected. In 1997 a Level II study was performed to drill a test well and test the well performance and prepare conceptual designs and cost estimates. The well was successfully completed in 1997 for a cost of $15,561.

The Buffalo Valley Water District received a 1998 grant and loan appropriation in the amount of $475,000 from Water Development Account I. The grant is for 60% of the WWDC eligible project costs with a 40% loan at a 71/4% interest rate over 30 years. The project scope includes construction of a new 80,000 gallon storage tank, well pumping, control building, chlorination facilities, valving, telemetry system, distribution improvements and a transmission line to the storage tank.

A contract with Jorgensen Engineering has been negotiated by the district for project design and construction administration services. In addition steps have been initiated to secure a U.S. Forest Service permit for location of the storage tank on forest lands. The project schedule is for completion of construction in the fall of 1999.

No legislative action is required.

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