The Nine Mile water users are currently hauling water from Laramie to
their storage tanks. One user has 1000 gallons per week hauled to her
home at a rate of approximately $90.00 per month. The groundwater is not
usable in the area due to high chemical content. In addition to not
having drinking water, there isn't a water supply available in the area
to suppress fires. Two major fires occurred in the Nine Mile area in 1996.
The Nine Mile residents formed a water and sewer district in 1998. They
have also contacted the City of Laramie and indicated that they would
like to purchase water from the city. The City of Laramie would like to
know what the logistics are for providing water to this area and the
commitment of the residents to making the water district work.
The 1998 Level I project looked at the supply and distribution options
and analyzed the Laramie water supply system capabilities and estimated
the costs to connect a water system. This analysis also looked at the
nearby Seven Mile area that is currently being served by the Laramie
The 1999 Level II project refined the Nine Mile system design and
costs estimates, examined the possibility of a joint system with other
local water users and examined the supply options from the City of
The 2000 Level III project will do final design and construction on
a water main system for the Nine Mile District which will include
taps to the two main Laramie pipelines, control house, buster pump
station, and transmission mains.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends that the project be advanced to Level III status in
the New Development Program with an appropriation of $920,000. The
financing plan includes a 60% grant for $552,000 and a 40% loan for
$368,000 at 7.25% for 20 years.