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PRWID Panel Reviews Carbon Canal Project


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By CHARI JELSMA
Sun Advocate reporter

Representatives from Sunrise Engineering as well as Carbon Canal board members met with the Price River Water Improvement District on May 17 to discuss the company's winter project.

Project engineer, John Sharp, explained that Carbon Canal has been working with engineers on the Carbon Canal winter water project for several months.

Several reviews of the plans have been done, the last of which was on May 10.

Engineers as well as Carbon Canal want to start the project in the beginning of June. The developers are trying to begin the project prior to the state engineer confirming water rights.

An application was made to add a point of diversion so winter water rights would work. A notice is to be published by the state engineer on the matter today.

The notice will stay for 60 days, after which if there is protest on it, there will have to be a hearing on the matter.

If there is no protest, the state engineer can give a ruling on the matter after the 60 day period has passed.

Bids from contractors and suppliers were coming into Sunrise Engineering on Tuesday for the project and Sunrise is ready to start as soon as they have authorization.

The project is being funded by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.

Sharp explained that the engineers and Carbon Canal only have a certain amount of funding to work with, but have enough money to work with until the end of the fiscal year.

The federal agency will fund the rest of the project around the end of September or the first of October when the new fiscal year begins.

The project will turn over 70,000 feet of new main line to the local water improvement district.

PRWID standards will be followed by Carbon Canal Company.

The water improvement district is to take ownership of the lines and can make connections at a later date.

There will be about 162 connections for livestock drinkers and hydrants to private property.

The bulk of the project is to be on private property, but engineers on the project are working closely with PRWID to get the project done right.

Sharp asked to be allowed to start parts of the project at the beginning of June after the $400 impact fee that was set for the project is paid.

The project was broken down into seven different sets of plans. Sharp wants to start the project by running lines.

The question was asked if engineers from the project were to hook into the mainlines or if PRWID would do it themselves. Sharp answered by saying that they would do it themselves, but will have the lines inspected after they are put in place. There will only be three spots where the lines will be connected to the existing main line.

Since Sunrise Engineering is building onto the water lines and under the road, if there are any problems, they are in charge of fixing most problems. Sunrise is taking a full year responsibility for workmanship and materials. Carbon County will also have a three year responsibility on roadway repairs.

"Sunrise Engineering has been doing this a long time, and we hold our contractors to very high standards," Sharp said also explaining that they would not be working in a populated area and that they should not be disrupting service much.

How residents would be billed was also asked by PRWID. Carbon Canal will be paying for winter water usage, but if residents also use water during the summer, they will have to find a way to bill them differently. One idea was to send a bill year round to the resident, this would make it easier for PRWID, who wouldn't have to change where the bills would be sent during the different months. The resident could then take the bill to Carbon Canal to be paid or be reimbursed during the winter months.

Other questions and concerns on the Carbon Canal winter water project will be answered at a special meeting to be held at PRWID. The date and time of the special meeting will be advertised.

Also discussed at the Tuesday meeting was the proposed subdivision on Airport Road.

Dan Guy from Blackhawk Engineering proposed a plan for the subdivision of 17.5 acres of land into five commercial lots. Guy was directed to have PRWID give a letter of water availability in the area.

One problem with the area is the lack of enough fire flow. A 50,000 gallon storage tank located in the area does not meet fire flow standards. There is the possibility of obtaining an additional tank to increase fire flow. A motion on accepting the subdivision was made and carried.


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