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
The McNutt Improvement and Service District project has been combined with this project.
This project is being constructed in several phases so smaller local contractors can compete.
Construction of Phase I has begun and will be completed in 2002. Phase II plans are nearly
complete. Bids for Phase II will be solicited early in 2002. Additional phases will be constructed as
plans are developed. At least two additional phases are expected.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.