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The Wyoming Water Development Commission
presents the
1998 Water System Survey Report

During the summer of 1997, the Wyoming Water Development Commission conducted a survey of all known municipal and non-municipal community public water systems in the State of Wyoming. The response to this survey was excellent, and the WWDC is grateful for the cooperation of the entities submitting information to the Commission.

The results of this survey have been summarized in the following reports. All information contained in these reports was submitted by municipalities, special districts, utility companies, or homeowners associations. Data was checked or verified only if a conflict or obvious discrepancy was noted during the process of data entry. Some entities responded with incomplete information, and others indicated that systems were so small that the questions on the survey did not apply. Therefore, some data may not appear for certain entities. Water rates, testing costs, and other information may have changed since the survey was completed, so data users should contact individual systems for specific or more current information if necessary.

The WWDC hopes these reports are of benefit to Wyoming communities, agencies and water users. If the information in these reports is not accurate for your community, please send corrections to the WWDC as the database will be updated on a regular basis.

The data itself consists of six separate reports, each of which is explained in detail within the following Key to Reports. The Key to Reports gives reference to the individual fields in the reports. Keys to the actual data in the fields are given at the top of the individual reports. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for a future survey, please contact Evan Green of the Wyoming Water Development Commission, 4th Floor West, Herschler Building, Cheyenne WY 82002 or call 777-7626.

Study Author: Ms. Bobbi Carlson, Wyoming Water Resource Center
WWRC Advisor: Tom Wesche
WWDC Advisors: Bruce Brinkman, Evan Green


Report #1: MAILING LIST: Report contains the status, contact person, mailing address, county, phone, and fax number for each entity. Entities that did not respond to the 1997 survey may have incorrect contact information.
Report #2: SYSTEM DATA: System data refers to the source of the entity's water supply, storage, treatment, and volumes of water. The individual fields are defined as follows:
Surface Source:The surface source of an entity water supply.
Diversion Type: How the surface source is diverted. N/A is used for entities with no source of surface water.
# of Wells: The number of wells used by an entity.
# of Springs: The number of springs used by an entity.
Other Source: The name of other water systems or municipalities that provide the entity with water supply.
Total Max Cap: The total production capabilities of all water sources in the particular entity, expressed in gallons per minute.
Treatment:Methods that the water system currently uses on a regular basis to treat the water supply.
Max Storage: The maximum values of water storage capacity, treated and untreated, in gallons.
Percent Metered: An estimated percentage of water system taps that are metered.
Report #3: SYSTEM USE:This report consists of information pertaining to water system usage and gives the total population served, amount of average usage, and other factors that may affect water consumption levels.
Other Entities: Lists any other entities which are supplied water from the system.
Total Pop: The total population of the entity plus the population of other entities served by the water system.
# Taps I/O: The number of service connections within the boundaries of the entity. The number of service connections served by the entity that are physically located outside the entity boundaries.
Avg Daily Use: The daily water use averaged and reported in gallons per capita per day.
Peak Daily Use: The highest amount of water used per person per day reported in gallons per capita per day.
Avg Day Use: The total gallons of water used by the water system on an average day.
Peak Day Use: The maximum gallons of water used by the system in a 24 hour period.
Sell Bulk Water: Yes or No, if the water system sells bulk water on a regular basis.
% Loss: The percentage of total water used by the system lost due to leakage. Most answers are approximations. Values given that were less than 1% are displayed as 1%.
Other Conditions: Any other condition that may affect the amount of water used by a system.
Conservation: Programs supported by the entity to reduce water consumption and increase public awareness about water conservation.
Report #4: BILLING RATES: Report consists of billing information for each entity.
Bill by Meter: Yes or No, if the entity uses meters to determine the amount a water purchaser pays.
Tap Fee: The dollar amount a person pays to connect their home to an entity's water supply.
Tap Size: The size of the household tap in inches. Most vary from 3/4" to 1".
Base Rate: The monthly water rate paid per household per month regardless of usage.
House BR Amount: The gallon amount the household can use for the base rate. Many entities allow a certain gallon amount to be used before they charge extra. Others charge a base rate for service and charge an additional amount for all gallons used.
Rate/Addt'l 1000: The dollar amount per thousand gallons a homeowner must pay after using the specified monthly amount.
Avg Water Bill: The entity's estimate of the average residential monthly water bill.
Bill for 20,000: Value calculated by the WWDC according to billing rates given by each individual entity. A value of 20,000 gallons was found to be the average usage of a family of four for a month.
Median Income: This value reflects the median income for households in the area. Data was collected from the 1990 census and reported by the Rural Development Department of the USDA in Casper, WY.
Report #5 : FISCAL DATA: Report consists of the entity's budget and includes the primary breakdown of the annual budget. Details of funding capabilities and liabilities are also given.
Annual Budget: The total annual operating budget.
Maintenance: The annual dollar amount allocated to maintain and repair damage to the water system.
Water Quality: The dollar amount of the annual budget that is allocated to meet water quality testing requirements.
Sinking Fund: The dollar amount that is allocated to a sinking fund on an annual basis. If the value is zero the entity does not regularly contribute to a sinking fund.
System Self Supp: Yes or No, if the revenues generated by billing fully cover the system operating costs.
Other Funding: Other organizations or areas of funding that are utilized by the entity to support system construction, repairs or maintenance.
Existing Debt: The dollar amount currently owed for water system improvements. If the value is zero, no money is owed on the presently operating water system.
Debt Retired: The year in which the entity will pay off acquired debt.
Report #6: WELLHEAD PROTECTION: A report designed specifically to give information on wells located in an entity.
# of Wells: The total number of wells located in an entity.
Well Depth: The minimum and maximum value of the depth of all wells located in an entity, given in two separate fields.
Wellhead Prot: Yes or No, if the entity presently has a wellhead or source water protection plan in place.
Contact Person: The person in charge of the entities wellhead protection program.

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