In 1994, Guernsey and Hartville submitted applications requesting assistance in evaluating the
water supply, treatment, storage, transmission and distribution systems. The Commission conducted
a joint Level I Master Plan study during 1995 to determine the feasibility of a regional system, but a
combined system was found not to be feasible. The aquifer in the Hartville area is recovering
because the Sunrise Mine terminated operations and stopped dewatering. A source of supply inside
the town limits would eliminate the five-mile pipeline from existing wells near the North Platte
River. In 1996, the Commission recommended that the project be incorporated into the New
Development Program at Level II status with a budget of $150,000. A successful test well was
developed producing adequate yield to meet the community's peak demands when developed in
conjunction with an existing well with the town limits.
The Abandoned Mine Lands program determined that Hartville is eligible for 90% grant funding of
a $1,025,000 project to put wells #3 and 9 on line, improve the storage tanks, and construct a new
distribution system. Hartville intends to request the balance in a loan from the Board of State
Lands and Investments. That loan will include $19,020 to repay the WWDC for 40% of the costs
of constructing the test well. Legislative authority is required to transfer ownership of the well
from the state to the town. This authority was granted by the legislature during the 1998 session.
During the course of 1998, the well developed high levels of nitrates. The town is currently
evaluating options relative to purchase of the well. During the course of 2000, the high level of
nitrates required shutting down the well. This prompted discussions of ways to resolve the nitrate
solution. The town has concurred with a blending protocol. However, the well will not again be
operational until the town purchases the well.
During the year 2000, the town affirmed its desire to purchase the well.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action required.