The 1994 Master Plan study evaluated various options for expanding Laramie's water supply,
storage, treatment, transmission and distribution system to meet expanding demands. The study
recommended a long-term schedule for improving both the surface and groundwater supply systems.
Recommendations were made for Level III construction funding from both the New Development
and Rehabilitation accounts.
The 1995 New Development Program recommendation addressed the conversion of an existing test
well to production status and the construction of monitoring wells at the LaPrele site. This work has
been completed. The 1996 recommendation provided for the construction of two production wells at
the Spur site, a pipeline to connect the well field to the city distribution system, and a new storage
tank. In 1997 the two Spur wells were drilled, developed, and an extensive pump test was
conducted. The 2000 legislature authorized the city of Laramie to expand the 1995 Level I study to
include the evaluation of a portion of the 20 inch pipeline south and west of town, to combine the
East Side Tank and Corthell Hill Pipeline projects, and to add a North Side Transmission Line
reconnaissance level investigation.
This study recommends that the city of Laramie rehabilitate the previously mentioned 20 inch
section of pipeline south and west of town, and add a tank and transmission lines east of town to
provide water for the Corthell Hill and Altavista areas. The city of Laramie has proposed a schedule
for these projects that would be finished in 2006. Last year the city of Laramie asked for funding for
Level III final design work and right of way acquisition on the two selected projects at a cost of
This year the City of Laramie is requesting funding for phase one of the construction of the two
selected projects. One portion of this project is for the rehabilitation of a 20/24 pipeline, the
second larger part of this project was for the installation of a new tank and transmission line.
Given the different nature of the two pieces of the Laramie North Project a decision was made to
split this project into two separate projects. One is called the Laramie 20/24 Rehabilitation Project
and the other is called the Laramie East Side Tank Project. Laramie would like to request funding
for the completion of the rehabilitation project and for Phase I of the East Side Tank Project. Phase I
of the East Side Tank Project would include funding for a new Tank, and selected portions of the
transmission line that the City of Laramie felt were too important to delay installation. Project
design and cost estimates are as follows in 2002 dollars.
| 20"/24" Rehabilitation Project|
|Project Cost (50% Grant/50% Loan)||$ 3,225,000|| || |
| Design Portion (previously funded)|| ||$ 230,000|| |
| Total Project Cost|| ||$3,455,000|| |
| East Side Tank Project|| |
|Phase I Cost (50% Grant Only)||$7,910,000|| || |
| Phase II Cost (50% Grant Only)|| ||$ 747,000|| |
| Phase III Costs (50% Grant Only)|| ||$ 345,000|| |
| Design Portion (Previously Funded)||$ 740,000|| |
|CHAPTER II Total Project Costs|| || ||$9,742,000||CHAPTER III *Bolded items represent current project requests.||
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the 20"/24" Rehabilitation Project be incorporated in the Rehabilitation
Program at Level III with an additional appropriation of $3,225,000, and that the East Side Tank
Project be incorporated into the New Development Program at Level III with an appropriation of
$7,910,000. The financing plan on the Rehabilitation Project includes a 50% grant of ($1,612,500),
and a 50% loan of ($1,612,500) at 7.25% interest for 20 years.