City Approves Water Purchase Resolution

The way is now clear for the city of Sheridan and Sheridan Area Water Supply to apply for state funds as a hedge against future water needs.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, the city council approved a resolution that will allow the city and the water supply joint powers board to apply for just over $5.6 million from the Wyoming Water Development Commission.

The joint powers board, better known as SAWS, provides treated city water to residents in unincorporated areas of Sheridan County. The money the two government agencies are asking from the state is 67 percent of a fund that the city and SAWS want to set aside to buy future shares of water in Park Reservoir. The city and SAWS would add just under $2.8 million in the fund, for a total $8.4 million. The goal is to have money available to buy reservoir shares when they become available.

Sheridan engineer Dave Engels said the city and SAWS anticipate the city will need more water to serve the two systems by 2037, and will need more than 6,800 acre-feet of water by 2063. Engels is with EnTech Engineering, a company that completed a study of water needs in December last year. The study concluded that Park Reservoir is the best source of additional water.

The city of Sheridan was the last governing board to approve the resolution. The SAWS board approved the document last week, and Sheridan County commissioners approved it the week before that.

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