Meeteetse has a population of 386. There are 240 taps in town and 32
existing taps in the rural areas served by the town. The median
household income for Meeteetse is $20,667. Water rates are $17.00 per
month for the first 5,000 gallons, plus $0.75 per 1000 gallons for usage
over 5,000 gallons. The average monthly water bill is $33.25 compared
to the state average of $26.62. The town may be eligible for
significant assistance from the Rural Utilities Service.
The Level II study was conducted by RBD, Inc. Engineering Consultants,
a division of The Sear-Brown Group. The Level I study was completed
by James Gores and Associates in 1995. The Town of Meeteetse operates
a conventional filtration plant that treats water diverted from the Wood
River. The Level I study reported several problems/deficiencies with
the water supply and treatment systems. These problems include:
- The quality of the water supply is extremely variable throughout
the year. It is turbid in the spring during runoff and very clear
in the winter.
- The treatment plant is located on the 100 year flood plain and is
vulnerable to inundation.
- The intake is also vulnerable to flooding and should be moved or
- The existing treatment process should be extensively modified to
treat the variable water supply and comply with the provisions of
the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
A Level I study completed in 1995 by James Gores and Associates
recommended moving the water supply intake to Lower Sunshine Reservoir
and building a new water treatment plant outside the 100 year flood
plain near Sunshine Reservoir. A pilot plant study was completed in
1997 to determine the feasibility and projected cost of treating Lower
Sunshine Reservoir water with conventional and micro-filtration
processes. Micro-filtration is feasible and is expected to have
considerably lower operation and maintenance costs. The level II study
was completed in 1997 and recommended the following improvements to the
Meeteetse water system:
- Move the diversion from the Wood River to the Lower Sunshine
Reservoir at the Gate House.
- Construct a backup supply lift station at the Sunshine Dam toe
- Construct a raw water pipeline from the dam diversion to the
water treatment plant.
- Construct a new water treatment plant.
- Construct a finished water transmission main to tie in with
the main from the existing water treatment plant to the town.
Preliminary designs and cost estimates were prepared for the above
The town has received funding (60% grant only) for items 1, 2, 3, and
5 from the WWDC New Development account. The remaining 40% of the
capital cost of these components will be financed with grants from the
RUS. Component 4 would be financed from a combination of grants and
loans from Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board (WSLIB) and the RUS.
The proposed project is expected to be financed as follows:
|WWDC grant (17.8%):||$ 333,000|
|WSLIB grant (16%):||$ 300,000 (more grant funds may be available)|
|RUS grant (44.8%):||$ 840,000|
|RUS loan (21.4%):||$ 402,000|
The project is now in final design and should commence construction in
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
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