PRWID board looks at study, budget
Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID) held its bimonthly meeting on Dec. 1. Carbon County is planning a water composition study focusing on wells surrounding Scofield Reservoir. Previous results will be collaborated with the new study to determine water makeup and whether said makeup has changed. According to board member Richard Tatton, PRWID should be involved in the study, because Carbon County does not frequently deal with water issues.
Another meeting topic was next year's budget. PRWID's total budget for 2010 is $5,076,000. Included in the revenue portion are $1,450,000 for water service fees and $2,200,000 for sewer service fees. Salary totals for each department are also included within the budget. Administrative salaries amount to $205,000. Water operation salaries total $276,700. Utility maintenance and operation salaries are $429,000. Fleet salaries are $188,000. Sewer operation salaries are $259,000.
It was also reported to the board that on Monday, Nov. 30, around 2:30 p.m., a water main broke in Spring Glen near Gordon Creek. According to Jeff Richens, PRWID manager, the problem was first reported as low water pressure, so workers were sent to investigate. Shortly after the workers left PRWID, another call came in concerning water that was flowing out of the ground. Workers were then redirected and additional employees were sent to address the problem. While the reason for the PVC pipe failure was not determined,whether it was ground movement or a fitting coming loose the leak affected Hill and Giacoletto subdivisions. The situation was later resolved and, five or six hours later, water began flowing to homes again.
In another instance the Carbon County School Board building had a sewage leak two weeks ago, which was a result of blocked pipes. While PRWID handles most matters concerning sewage, cleaning spills is not among their usual tasks.
The Henry sewer system had to be updated recently, after it was discovered that the original contractor put four houses on one four-inch line. Normally, these lines are installed at a rate of one per house. The upgrades were completed before any major problems occurred. Gloria Skerl, a resident affected by the repairs, commended quick action on the part of PRWID workers. In the meeting, Richens was quick to point out that it is the people who are out working every day who deserve the gratitude.
PRWID also entered their first-ever float in the 20th annual Helper Electric Light Parade. The float featured a person taking a bath and catching up on some down time by reading a Cabela's catalog. The float also included a Grinch of sorts turning off the water. The float won second place this year.