The Sheridan Area Water Supply Joint Powers Board approved the cost allocation agreement for the cryptosporidium project and the Big Goose Water Treatment Plant Clearwell. The City will pay for 81.1% of the cost of the project, while SAWS would pay 18.9%. SAWS Administrator Dave Engels says that the project is government mandated.
The project will include improvements to the Big Goose Water Treatment plant and the Sheridan Water Treatment plant to meet EPA standards for cryptosporidium. The upgrade to the Big Goose clearwell is all about making the underground tank that stores the treated water bigger.
The cryptosporidium upgrades to both treatment plants need to be completed by 2013; however, Engels said that extensions may be able to be filed if they show the EPA that they are making progress on the project.