The community of Etna, which presently serves 50 taps, formed the Etna Water and Sewer District.
The community is currently dependent on two springs for its water supply. WWDC funded a Level II
study to evaluate the existing supply sources, to explore for a new source of water, and to
The Level II study recommended that the springs be redeveloped to protect water quality and that a
well be constructed to meet peak demands and allow the district to serve additional existing homes in
the area. In addition, the Level II investigation performed during 1993 included construction of a
successful test well.
In 1994 the district received WWDC Level III funding to proceed with only the immediate needs
identified in the Level II study, delaying the long term needs until an unspecified future time. That
project was not constructed due to local issues involved with the formation and reformation of the
Etna Water and Sewer District.
More recently the district reconsidered the long-term implications of approaching the project on a
phased piecemeal approach, feeling that the district residents would be better served by
implementing the "immediate" and "long term" improvement recommendations as a single project.
Increased funds were requested and authorized in 1998 to allow the sponsor to complete the project
as originally presented in the Level II study.
The funding package provides a grant of $690,000 for 67% of the eligible WWDC project costs.
The balance of the project financing is grant and loan from RUS and grant from the State Loan and
Investment Board. The total project scope includes springs renovation, disinfection facilities, control
valving, pump, pump house, transmission lines, storage tank and distribution system improvements.
A contract with Forsgren Associates has been negotiated by the district for project design and
construction administration services. Project construction started in June 2001 and will be completed
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
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