SAWS Approved for Meter Replacement Funds

The Sheridan Area Water Supply will receive a state loan to fund replacement of outdated water meters, and a request for funds for another project is working its way through the Legislature.

Members of the water supply joint powers board, which is known as SAWS, learned of the approval of funds at their meeting Wednesday night.

SAWS Project Manager Dan Coughlin said the State Loan and Investment Board approved the loan for meter replacement. The loan is for $911,000. SAWS and the city of Sheridan will finance the project upfront, then receive the loan when work is completed. The project manager said if everything is in order when work is completed, the state will forgive 50 percent of the loan.

In the second project, SAWS has asked the Wyoming Water Development Commission to fund 67 percent of the cost to buy shares in Park Reservoir. The request is included in the omnibus water bill currently being considered in the Legislature. The bill passed the House on Feb. 3 and now must pass one more reading in the Senate to become law.

Also in Monday's meeting, the SAWS board awarded the bid for construction of the SAWS Booster Station. The award was to Westin (WEST-in) Mechanical LLC of Sheridan for the low bid of just over $786,000. Two bids were received, with the other company bidding more than $1 million on the project.

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