“Taking care of old business” was the main item of new business for this month's Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board meeting.
Other than approving the consent agenda, no action was taken by the board during this meeting. They did receive a brief update from SAWS staff on the status of a grant application to the State Lands and Investment Board. SAWS Project Manager Dan Coughlin:
This mineral royalty grant, if approved, would be used for upgrades to the Sheridan and Big Goose Water treatment plants. In part, the upgrades are needed to get the SAWS water system in compliance with an EPA mandate:
Cryptosporidium is a parasite which can cause potentially severe intestinal infections, and has previously been found in untreated SAWS water.
The two water treatment plants are required by the EPA to have the updated cryptosporidium removal system in place by October of 2013.