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Flow test on the Worland Wells
In 1981 the Legislature appropriated $3,000,000 to be granted to incorporated municipalities for the purpose of groundwater exploration. Grants were limited to $200,000 and a 10% match was required. Only one award could be made to a municipality. In 1984 an additional $1,000,000 was appropriated and the local matching share was increased to 25%. Over the years, 40 communities have benefited from this program.

During the ongoing drought, it became apparent that additional funding would be beneficial to assist municipalities and special districts address shortages in their drinking water supply. In 2002, an additional $1,500,000 was appropriated for the program, the grant amount was raised to a maximum of $400,000 per entity, and the program was expanded to include water, water & sewer, and service & improvement districts.

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