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 33. PROJECT:Etna Water Supply
SPONSOR:Etna Water and Sewer District
LOCATION:Lincoln County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1994 I $300,000*   1997
Level III 38 1998 I $690,000** 2002
*67% grant, 33% loan (4%, 30 years) - Note: revised Level III in 1998.
**67% grant; plus $16,500 loan for 1/3 well costs (4%, 30 years)

The community of Etna, which presently serves 50 taps, formed the Etna Water and Sewer District. The community is currently dependent on two springs for its water supply. WWDC funded a Level II study to evaluate the existing supply sources, to explore for a new source of water, and to recommend alternatives. The Level II study recommended that the springs be redeveloped to protect water quality, and that a well be constructed to meet peak demands and allow the district to serve additional existing homes in the area. In addition, the Level II investigation performed during 1993 included construction of a successful test well.

In 1994 the district received WWDC Level III funding to proceed with only the immediate needs identified in the Level II, delaying the long term needs until an unspecified future time. That project was not constructed due to local issues involved with the formation and reformation of the Etna Water and Sewer District.

More recently the district reconsidered the long-term implications of approaching the project on a phased piecemeal approach, feeling that the district residents would be better served by implementing the "immediate" and "long term" improvement recommendations as a single project. Increased funds were requested and authorized in 1998 to allow the sponsor to complete the project as originally presented in the Level II study.

The funding package provides a grant of $690,000 for 67% of the eligible WWDC project costs. The balance of the project financing is grant and loan from RUS and grant from the State Loan and Investment Board. The total project scope includes springs renovation, disinfection facilities, control valving, pump, pump house, transmission lines, storage tank and distribution system improvements.

A contract with Forsgren Associates has been negotiated by the district for project design and construction administration services. Design of the project is ninety percent complete, with an anticipated project construction start date during the spring of 2000 and construction completion in October 2000.

No legislative action is required.

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