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117.PROJECT:Worland Regional Pipeline
LEVEL:New Application
SPONSOR:City of Worland
LOCATION:Washakie County
PROGRAM:New Development

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.

In 1994 the Level I study identified potential rural users that could be served by a rural water system. Several sources of supply were considered, with the Worland municipal system selected as the most cost effective choice. The Level II study refined the Level I work, and approximately 500 potential taps were identified, which would require pipelines extending completely through the county from north to south. A number of variations in service area configurations were considered in an effort to delineate the most cost effective means to serve the maximum number of taps.

In 1999 the city of Worland in conjunction with the other major water users in the area (Greybull, Basin, Manderson, Kirby, Lucerne, and Thermopolis) would like to construct a new regional water supply pipeline, as a portion of the Washakie Regional System, from the Worland well field down the Nowood River drainage to the Big Horn River then up the valley to Worland. This would be an alternate pipeline to Worland from the well field but would serve additional users along its route. A second line would run from the north end of the Big Horn Regional System north across the Greybull River to the Greybull Area System. This pipeline would be an alternate supply to Greybull and their proposed new storage tank on the west bank of the Big Horn River. The water users in the Hot Springs County area are also looking at adding to the Regional System via the Hot Springs Rural System.

The WWDC recommends that the project be placed incorporated into the New Development Program at Level II with an appropriation of $65,000.

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