February 5, 2020 District News Update

 

North End/Sage Creek Project

            The North End (Powell)/Sage Creek (Cody) project has been completed and closed out. This project resulted in the District establishing a North End connection point on the SMP line, construction of a new pump station on Lane 5, and the addition of 105,000 gallons of storage in the North End service area. This project also involved the replacement of the ductile iron pipe under Sage Creek with fusible PVC. This $1.5 million project was funded with a grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission (67%) and matching loan money from the Wyoming State Revolving Fund (33%). That loan is 2.5% interest for a term of 20 years.

 

Cooper Lane Valve Stem Replacement Project

            The Cooper Lane valve stem replacement project was completed several months ago. Ninety percent of the valves in that service area were inoperable as a result of a valve design problem. The District would like to thank the residents of the Cooper Lane area for their cooperation during the completion of this project. This project was completed with money from the Wyoming State Revolving Fund, 50% grant, 25% zero percent interest loan, and 25% two and one-half percent interest loan, for a term of 20 years.

 

North Cody/Sage Creek Project

            The District is wrapping up its North Cody/Sage Creek project which involved the installation of approximately 3 miles of 6” PVC pipe. The loop lines will give the District redundancy in getting water from the pump stations to the tanks and help increase flow in both service areas. This $1.5 million project was funded with a grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission (67%) and money from Office of State Lands & Investment Mineral Royalty Grant fund (33%).

 

Pressure Regulator Project

            The District will be going to bid within the next month on its pressure regulator replacement project. This will involve the replacement of aged and failing pressure regulators system wide. This $1.3 million project is funded with Wyoming State Revolving Funds. This will be 50% grant and 50% loan for a term of 20 years at 0% interest.

 

South Fork Pump Replacement

            The pumps in the three South Fork pump stations are 25 years old and beyond their life expectancy. The crew has replaced bearings in two of the pumps in the past year. This project will also involve electrical and SCADA upgrades. The cost of this project is $1 million. Funding for this project will come from the Wyoming Water Development Commission (67%), (grant pending passage in the legislature), and Wyoming State Revolving Fund (33%) fifty percent grant and 50% zero percent interest loan, for a term of 20 years (funds in place).

 

District Equipment

            Several months ago the District purchased a new mini-excavator. The District now has all the equipment it needs to make leak repairs, system upgrades, and new installations in-house. Five years ago the District had no equipment and relied on contractors to do this work. The average annual cost for that work, paid to contractors, was $100,000. All equipment is paid for, and all work done in-house.

 

Personnel Changes

            In late October, 2019, the District hired Sam Klepzig to serve as assistant field supervisor. Sam comes to the District from Helena, Montana where he worked for the City in the water and sewer services division. The District will also be interviewing candidates for the position of District Manager this month (February) as current manager Mike Mackey will be stepping down after nearly five and one-half years.

 

Rate Increase

            At the December meeting the Board voted in increase the O & M portion of the monthly customer water bill by $2 per month (all service areas except North End where it was $1 per month). This is an increase of slightly more than 3%. It is also the first rate increase in two years. With a decrease in the availability of state and federal funding, and a backlog of maintenance issues to address, the District must continue to grow its reserves. As the system continues to age, the District will continue to see increases in maintenance needs.