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2002 LEGISLATIVE REPORT
| 80. ||PROJECT:||Natrona County Regional Rehabilitation|
|SPONSOR:||Natrona County Regional Water System Joint
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|*50% grant, 50% loan (4%, 30 years)|
The aggregate population of the entities served by the Natrona County Regional Water System Joint
Powers Board is approximately 60,000 residents. The Level II feasibility study of the Natrona
County Regional Water Supply Project identified $60,000,000 of needed improvements, of which
$37,000,000 would be eligible for WWDC assistance, and identified a phased approach for
completing the project. Some infrastructure improvements should be completed by 1997 to facilitate
operation of the regional system.
The Level II feasibility study of the Natrona County Regional Water Supply Project recommended
that the Fort Caspar and Dempsey Acres well fields be rehabilitated. The estimated cost for this
component of the project is $4,814,000. The project will be completed in three phases: drilling, final
design, and construction. The well fields are a primary water supply for the regional system. The
existing wells are old and production has dropped. The project would serve to increase the well
production to its permitted amount. In addition, several water storage tanks will be operated by the
Joint Powers Board. Telemetry modifications to the tanks and some rehabilitation is required to
extend their usable life. The estimated cost for the improvements to the storage tanks is $586,000.
These project components are eligible for funding from the rehabilitation account. Because of
limited funds available, the WWDC recommended that this project be phased.
The first phase of the well rehabilitation project has been constructed. The second phase is under
construction and will be completed in the next two years. The rehabilitation of the storage tanks is
currently under design. One of the tanks has been identified as needing a new inlet pipe to help
prevent stagnation of the water in the tank.
The final phase of this rehabilitation project will be completed during 2002.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.