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
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.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.