The project consists of a rural water system extending from the Hot Springs
county line on the south, to the Big Horn county line on the north, and encompasses most of the
private lands along both sides of the Big Horn River. The new system will obtain its water from the
city of Worland, who has an ample supply from two flowing Madison-Bighorn formation wells.
The system will operate entirely by gravity flow.
The district's members currently utilize individual wells, which generally exceed EPA regulations
for TDS and Sulfates. Some local wells are also high in sodium, selenium, and nitrate. It is
estimated that up to 70% of the district's members haul water or utilize bottled water for domestic
use. The first phase construction will begin in 2001.
The total cost of the rural water system prior to this request is estimated at $9,950,000. However,
the portions eligible for WWDC assistance are estimated at $8,600,000. With this request,
WWDC's portion would increase to $9,000,000. Also with this request, the sponsor has requested
a grant from WWDC for 60% of the additional eligible components, which amounts to $240,000.
They propose to secure the remainder of the required funds from the Rural Utilities Service in the
form of a grant and loan.
The McNutt Improvement and Service District project has been combined with this project.
|60% WWDC Grant||$240,000.00|
|40% Other Sources||$160,000.00|
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends approval of an additional $240,000 grant for this project expense.