In 1994 the Washakie County Commissioners applied for a Level I study to
evaluate the potential of providing water to rural areas in the Worland
vicinity. There has been substantial residential development in rural
Washakie County, and because groundwater is generally poor in the area
there is need for a centralized water system.
Now in 1999, the Lucerne water users are interested in what effects an
expanded regional water system from the Washakie Rural System and/or a
new well would have on the supply, quality, and costs of water in the
Hot Springs County area. This would be a pipeline project similar to
the Washakie Rural System. The water users in this area include the
town of Kirby, the east side of the Big Horn River, Red Lane, East
Thermopolis, Thermopolis, and South Thermopolis. New improvements in
this area could include a well, transmission lines and a tank.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends that the project be advanced to Level II status in
the New Development Program with an appropriation of $125,000.