Tuesday, August 9, 2022
- ARPA 2022-23 - America Rescue Plan Act Water Project We are submitting an almost $7.5 million grant to the State Land and Investment Board this week for the replacement of wood stave pipeline and spring boxes in the Sage Creek Basin and to provide repairs and maintenance to the 32-mile pipeline from Sage Creek Basin to the water treatment plant. If fully funded and work stays within the contingency, this project will replace all woodstave pipes and outdated collection systems in the Sage Creek Basin. It will also make major repairs to our 32-mile steel pipeline, such as blow-offs and air valves. Our city matching funds of over $1.2 million will be coming from Chokecherry Impact Assistance funds.
- Digitization: After difficulties in finding historic designs and as-built plans, we are working to digitize the hundreds of plans which are currently stored in the City. We are also recording surveys at the Carbon County Land Office to help protect our natural sources of water and other city assets.
- Water Rates: We have hired Carl Brown, the only rate analyst recommended by the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems, to evaluate and propose necessary rate changes for our water enterprise fund. This includes evaluating current and future needs, analyzing various options, and then presenting recommendations to City Council. Our primary goal is to have rates that are structured in a fair way. For more information on Carl Brown, visit gettinggreatrates.com.
- Parks & City Watering: As of the first week of August, parks have reduced the watering of our city spaces by half (from our original significantly reduced amount) until further notice.
- Water exemptions are permitted for one-time events, such as a vacation. This could be used to water on an alternate day if you are gone, etc. If you are in need of an exemption, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- With ongoing discussion with City staff and experts from UW Extension Offices, once-a-week turf watering and as-needed watering for gardens, trees, etc. is still the professionally recommended approach. For full restriction details, please visit www.rawlinswy.gov/379/Outdoor-Irrigation-Restrictions
Water Supply/Storage Updates:
- Tanks, Flows, and Storage Data: This week our flow from the Springs/Wells averaged 1.9 million gallons per day. Our community usage averaged 2.2 million gallons per day. Our high-pressure tanks averaged 87% full and our low-pressure tanks averaged 72% full. Full daily data can be found at www.rawlinswy.gov/381/Flows-and-Storage-Data
- Replacement of 10,000 feet of woodstave pipeline with PVC (Phase 1): All issues found during the scoping of the new PVC pipeline have been repaired. All but one final connection point has been located so that we can continue to install vaults to join the spring line to the new PVC pipe.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
The City of Rawlins would like to share updates regarding our water system improvements and funding. We will now be releasing updates on most Tuesdays, even if there is not much progress to report.
“Water infrastructure continues to be the council’s and staff’s #1 priority. Despite our current difficult situation, we have water rights that far exceed our historical water usage. As we work to repair and expand our water collection in the springs, bring our pre-treatment plant back online, and implement the water cemetery line project, our situation will continue to improve for next summer and the future. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through these repairs over the next few years,” stated City Manager Shawn Metcalf.
- Replacement of 10,000 feet of woodstave pipeline with PVC (Phase 1):
- Due to the vital nature of this line (as it brings the majority of clean water to our communities), last week our team used a camera to scope almost 1,000 feet of the new line for quality assurance. This week RMI is working to repair all issues which were found.
- We have modified the original emergency contract to use vaults instead of T-connections to join the spring line to the new PVC pipe. This will make them more accessible and functional in the future. Due to difficulties in accessing the historic as-built plans, numerous potholes have been dug to find the original connection points from the woodstave pipeline to the springs.
- We also previously amended the emergency contract so that bedding material would be installed around the new PVC pipeline.
- Pre-Treatment Plant: On July 14th our staff had a field visit with Y2 Consultants, our engineering team for the pre-treatment plant. Currently, our staff is ordering necessary equipment and parts, as well as cleaning and preparing the plant. Y2 Consultants and Kruger, the water treatment specialists who initially constructed the plant, are making a field visit the second week of August for the next step of evaluation and testing. After the review, it is now unlikely the plant will be online this watering season. However, bringing the pre-treatment plant online is the most likely solution to reduce water restrictions for next year.
- $675,000 Grant: Preparing to hire an engineering firm to design the blow-offs and cathodic protection which are critical to the protection of our main 32-mile steel transmission line; this work is funded by the $675,000 State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) Mineral Royalties Grant (MRG).
- Cemetery Water Line: This line is currently being engineered. Once installed, it will bring raw water from the North Platte to the cemetery. Our design also includes the capacity to potentially irrigate green spaces throughout our community in the future. This is a project funded by the 2019 “6th Penny” Specific Purpose Tax.
Water Supply/Storage Updates:
- Springs and Wells: As is common in the late summer, we are receiving less water per day from the Springs and Wells. For example, on June 1st we received 2.55 million gallons of water from the springs and wells, but on August 1st we received 2.27 million gallons of water from the springs and wells.
- Reservoirs: Although Peaking Reservoir is almost completely full and Atlantic Rim is about half full, they are more turbid than usual at this time of year. Due to this turbidity, our water treatment team can only mix limited amounts of reservoir water with the spring/well water. If more reservoir water is added, the filters clog, and treatment grinds to a halt. We are currently processing the most reservoir water that we can treat efficiently, even with four operational filters.
- Tanks: Our treated water storage tanks have risen to manageable levels at this point. However, they are not yet to where our treatment staff is completely comfortable. Our tank levels as of Monday are at 89% on the low-pressure side and 76% on the high-pressure. As of last week, they were at 59% and 71%. Thank you for your efforts to help these tanks return to an appropriate level.
- Flows and Storage Data: To improve transparency, we are now listing more information on our website and training more staff on uploading data. This can be found at www.rawlinswy.gov/water Our new data, beginning August 1st, will show:
- Water flow from Springs and Wells (currently shown)
- Total amount of water processed (not currently shown, can be used to determine reservoir water usage which began in mid-July)
- Water consumed by the community (currently shown)
- Percentage in treated water storage tanks, divided between high-pressure (Hospital and Painted Hills Tanks) and low-pressure (Tank Farm) as they operate independently.
- Warnings/Fines: After a careful review of the ordinance, we are required to give each home a warning prior to issuing a fine. Our main goal is to keep our community safe, so please continue to take the restrictions seriously.
- Enforcement: We currently have two staff members who review water usage data, as well as two staff members who are monitoring for watering around town.
- Parks & City Watering: When the tanks dropped drastically last week, the City stopped irrigating parks, the cemetery, and all green spaces for one week. The City will reduce watering at our locations before asking citizens to do the same. We will be reducing the watering of our city spaces by half until further notice.
- Restrictions: With ongoing discussion with City staff and experts from UW Extension Offices, once-a-week turf watering and as-needed watering for gardens, trees, etc. is still the professionally recommended approach. For full restriction details, please visit www.rawlinswy.gov/water
- Funding Overview:
American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) Stimulus Funding
Phase 1 –Replacement of 10,000 Feet of Woodstave Pipeline and 5 Repairs to Steel Transmission Line
Sept 28, 2021
Loan from the General Fund
Sept 28, 2021
Impact Assistance from the Power Company of Wyoming Chokecherry Project
Phase 1 and of Pre-Treatment Plant
February 15, 2022
State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) Minerals Royalty Grant (MRG)
Design of our blow-offs; design and installation of cathodic protection on our main 32-mile steel transmission line.
Grant received June 2, 2022
- USDA Rural Development Loan: We are currently working through the environmental assessments stage of this loan application, which includes approval from eight state and federal agencies. We are also in discussion about the engineering required to apply for the loan. We are also continuing to compare the benefits of alternative loan programs as they are found, such as the forgivable DEQ/EPA Rural Water loan, which will require similar processes.
For more information on water projects, as well as our water system as a whole, please visit www.rawlinswy.gov/water. You can also contact Mira Miller, City of Rawlins Community Relations Coordinator, at 307-328-4500 ext. 1022.
Monday, July 25, 2022
Beginning today, a $250 fine will be issued immediately for irrigation violations. Water levels in the treated water tanks have dropped consistently throughout July. Community water use has increased to around 3 million gallons a day while the flows from the springs and wells have decreased, as is common in the summer.
If water use does not go down, “Limited Water Use” will likely be declared, and all outdoor irrigation will cease. Water restrictions will be in place all summer and may become more strict if flows continue to decrease from the springs and wells.
The City is currently:
- Pausing all park and cemetery irrigation until further notice. Parks will likely be watered every other week moving forward.
- Using water from Peaking reservoir at a low rate, due to its unusually high turbidity.
- Switching water flows from the the existing woodstave pipeline to the new 10,000 feet of PVC pipe.
- Our contracted engineers made their initial review of the Water Pretreatment Plant, and our staff is in the process of ordering the necessary equipment and parts, as well as cleaning and preparing the plant. After the review, it is now clear the plant will not be online this watering season.
- Preparing to hire an engineering firm to design the blow-offs and cathodic protection on our main 32-mile steel transmission line funded by the $675,000 State Land and Investment Board (SLIB) grant
- Finalizing a $7,452,173.91 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 2022-23 Grant for replacement of a portion of the wood stave pipeline and spring boxes in the Sage Creek Basin and provide repairs to the 32-mile pipeline from Sage Creek Basin
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Update as of 6:00pm: Tank level is now above 16 feet. The tank is 20 feet tall and holds 1/2 million gallons. - - - Update as of 12:30pm: Power has been restored to the Sinclair Water Tank operations vault. The water tank level is now above 8 feet. - - -Originally published at 9:45am: Sinclair Residents: Please see the message from Mayor Leif Johansson: Town of Sinclair. The Sinclair water tank is currently being filled. Conserve water throughout the day. Do not irrigate today 07-06-2022. Thank you.- - - - On Sunday night, July 3rd, a lightning storm damaged the City of Rawlins’ Water Treatment Plant SCADA system, which is used to gather and analyze data to initiate and monitor processes. Without this system, alarms and monitoring cannot happen as normal. The City of Rawlins contacted our SCADA contractor, and on July 5th, the contracted SCADA company began working to repair the system.
June 21, 2022
May 19th, 2022
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Early May Updates:
In May this site was extensively updated. Some of those updates were accompanied by videos linked below.