NRWD News Update
Northwest Rural Water District, for those who have not seen the newspaper article, has gone out to bid for construction of a new office/shop. After paying rent for more than 20 years the District will have its own home. Funding for this project is as follows; $600,000 in grant funds and $600,000 in a 30 year mortgage at 2.5% interest. This project will not result in any increase to customer’s monthly water bills.
District’s Master Plan
The District’s master plan study was recently completed by DOWL Engineering of Sheridan. This project involved the GIS mapping of the District’s water system, the development of a new hydraulic model which ties directly to Shoshone Municipal Pipeline’s model, and reported on areas where the District needs focus resources to enable future growth. Among the findings were transmission and storage issues in the O’Donnell and North End service area around Powell. There are no new taps available in those service areas at this time. Though the District hopes to rectify that issue in the near future. This study was funded by a $240,000 grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission.
North End/Sage Creek Upgrades Project
In order to address the O’Donnell and North End transmission and storage problems the District has applied for a $514,000 loan from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. That loan has been approved with a repayment term of 20 years at 2.5% interest. The other portion of the funding package for that project will come from a $1,076,690 grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission. That grant application was approved on November 2, 2017. However, the grant will be attached to the Omnibus Water Bill which can be altered during the upcoming legislative session. For that reason we will have wait for several months before we are sure the grant funds will be forthcoming.
System Wide Improvements
The District is currently in the process of bringing an engineer onboard to design a project where by all water meters in the system, with the exception of North End, will be replaced. The District is also converting its remaining radio read meter transmitters over to an Itron product. The District currently has two different meter reading programs and equipment. Once this project is completed the District will have a single, faster, more efficient meter reading program. This project is being funded with $750,000 in grant funds and a $750,000 loan from the Wyoming Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The loan will be for a term of 20 years at 2.5% interest.