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 45. PROJECT:Hartville Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Hartville
LOCATION:Platte County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 8 1995 I $75,000 1996
Level II 15 1996 II $150,000 1998

In 1994, Guernsey and Hartville submitted applications requesting assistance in evaluating the water supply, treatment, storage, transmission and distribution systems. The Commission conducted a joint Level I Master Plan study during 1995 to determine the feasibility of a regional system, but a combined system was found to be not feasible. The aquifer in the Hartville area is recovering because the Sunrise Mine terminated operations and stopped dewatering. A source of supply inside the town limits would eliminate the five-mile pipeline from existing wells near the North Platte River. In 1996, the Commission recommended that the project be incorporated into the New Development Program at Level II status with a budget of $150,000. A successful test well was developed producing adequate yield to meet the community's peak demands when developed in conjunction with an existing well with the town limits.

The Abandoned Mine Lands program determined that Hartville is eligible for 90% grant funding of a $1,025,000 project to put wells #3 and 9 on line, improve the storage tanks, and construct a new distribution system. Hartville intends to request the balance in a loan from the Board of State Lands and Investments. That loan will include $19,020 to repay the WWDC for 40% of the costs of constructing the test well. Legislative authority is required to transfer ownership of the well from the state to the town. This authority was granted by the legislature during the 1998 session.

During the course of 1998, the well developed high levels of nitrates. The town is currently evaluating options relative to purchase of the well. The current state of negotiations on the Platte River system may affect the future of this project.

No legislative action required.

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