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 84. PROJECT:Rafter J Water Supply
SPONSOR:Rafter J Homeowner's Association
LOCATION:Teton County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 46 1997 II $60,000 1999

The Rafter J subdivision is located in southwestern Teton County, approximately 2 miles south of Jackson. Its water supply consists of two 450 gpm wells and a 200,000 gallon storage tank. The daily use per capita is approximately 300 gallons on a peak day and 190 gallons on an average day. The system is un-metered.

The Level II study evaluated drilling a third well, and evaluated the storage, transmission and distribution components of the system. Originally this project did not meet WWDC criteria. The system had the following problems:

  1. The well field, storage tank lot and common lands were owned by the developer.

  2. The developer held ownership to speculative development lots both residential and commercial involved in the 'district'.

  3. The developer and lands involved in the 'district' were involved in a litigation case.

  4. The applicant was not a district with taxation authority.

To meet WWDC criteria the Homeowners Association agreed to form a district and see that the developer was out of the district as a developer and only present as a developed lot owner. The district was formed only after extending the project for an additional year due to no response to the district vote. The developer did provide water system access to the Homeowners Association but retained ownership of undeveloped land in the district. Due to the presence of the developer in the district, the proposed Level III project was rejected by the Select Water Committee.

No legislative action is required.

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