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 10. PROJECT:Bairoil Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Bairoil
LOCATION:Carbon County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 81 1999 I $225,000   2000
Level II 36 2000 I $200,000   2002
Level III 96 2000 I $480,000* 2004
*60% grant

The town of Bairoil is supplementing its municipal supply, by developing an alternative groundwater supply to the Battle Springs Pipeline, originally operated by BP-Amoco; and by enhancing the town's original Abel Springs source. BP-Amoco sold the Lost Soldier Oil Field operations to Merit Energy, posing an uncertain future for a significant portion of Bairoil's water supply, which taps the Battle Springs Pipeline. With 1999 WWDC Level II funds, a production-sized test well was drilled providing a viable water supply. Deep groundwater sources are difficult to find because of the variable aquifer supply quantities available and widespread occurrence of uranium deposits, which adversely affect radionuclide levels. The town purchased the test well as a supply well and was granted an additional $200,000 Level II appropriation (Session 2000) to drill a second production well. The second supply well was completed during 2001, however its yield was significantly less than the first production well's design yield of 60 gpm.

The town has subsequently determined not to purchase the second well and is proceeding with design of a transmission line to connect the first well with the town's water system.

The Level III 2000 appropriation will be used to construct necessary transmission facilities and implement efforts to enhance flows derived from the original Abel Springs source.

The town has negotiated a contract with Wester-Wetstein & Associates, Inc. of Gillette to provide design and construction administration services for the project. Design is scheduled to be completed early in 2002 with construction slated to be complete in the fall of 2002.

No legislative action is required.

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