The town system consists of an infiltration gallery, two flowing wells,
two tanks with 1.3 million gallons of storage, and a number of manual
and automatic control valves. The town is under administrative order
from EPA for violations of the Surface Water Treatment Rule associated
with the diversion through their infiltration gallery on Shell Creek.
EPA has also expressed concern with the town having all its storage on
the east side of the Bighorn River, with none on the west side of the
river. This situation leaves them vulnerable to a line failure at their
river crossing. In addition, residents southwest of Greybull have
requested water service from the town.
The Level II study makes recommendations regarding additional storage,
transmission and distribution lines that will resolve the town's storage
problems, provide water to areas adjacent to town, and provide for more
efficient operation of the system. The town would now like to build a
redundant Big Horn River crossing and the new storage tank on the west
side of the river.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be placed at Level III in the New
Development Program with an appropriation of $1,850,000. The financing
would include 60% grant for $1,110,000 and a 40% loan for $740,000 at
7.25% for 20 years. Loan funding may be provided by SRF funds.