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 93. PROJECT:Pine Bluffs Supply/Pine Bluffs Brule Formation Water Supply
SPONSOR:Town of Pine Bluffs
LOCATION:Laramie County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 10 1994 I $75,000   1996
Level II 8 1995 I $150,000   1996
Level III 96 2000 I $1,245,000* 2004
*60% grant, 40% loan (7.25%, 20 years)

A Level I study funded by the WWDC recommended construction of a transmission line, which would connect the town's wells directly to their storage tanks. This would accommodate construction of a single disinfection system at the tank, rather than installing disinfection systems at each well. In 1995, a Level II study also looked at rehabilitation of the town's existing wells, and updated Level I results for constructing the above referenced transmission pipeline. A subsequent Level III construction project replaced one well. The 2000 Level III appropriation will fund construction of the "wells to storage" transmission line that allowed the town to more efficiently disinfect their water supply.

Construction of the transmission pipeline and appurtenances is underway with completion of the project anticipated in 2003.

During the summer of 2002, the Town of Pine Bluffs experienced critical water shortages due to extreme drought conditions. Substantial decline in the water table of the Brule Formation aquifer has been experienced in all wells in southeastern Laramie County. The Town's Municipal Well #5 has failed and the town procured WWDC Ground Water Exploration Grant funding in Fall 2002 to drill a replacement well. A successful test well was discovered and will serve as a replacement well for Well #5. The Level III funding request is for assistance to install pumping equipment and tie the new well into the town system.

Estimated Level III Costs
Final Designs & Specifications$ 22,000
Permitting & Mitigation5,000
Legal Fees5,000
Project Components$171,000
Engineering (12%)17,100
Construction Cost (Subtotal)$ 188,100
Contingency (15%)28,215
Construction Cost Total (Subtotal)$ 216,315
Project Total Construction Cost$248,315
Rounded Total Cost$250,000

The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated into the Rehabilitation Program at Level III with an appropriation of $250,000. The financing plan includes a 50% grant, and a 50% loan at 6% interest for 30 years.

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