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PRWID moves forward with Pinnacle take over

Sun Advocate writer

Officially the Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID) has not taken over Pinnacle Water, but during the last board meeting on Aug 4, discussions regarding the issue took place. And while no action was taken towards the company, boardmembers present indicated that a takeover is likely to happen during the next meeting. No vote was taken as members felt it necessary to involve Mike Dalpiaz and Steve Rigby who were not present.

"This is a big step for the board," said member Richard Tatton. "Personally I think it's in the best interest of the county. (to accuire Pinnacle)."

Pinnacle Water company, owned by Rick Shiner, is located in Price and has asked PRWID for a take over. Although some concerns were brought up as to the condition of the company's facilities nothing of significance was found aside from a few upgrades. Pinnacle could not contacted for comment.

Moving along the board's latest undertakings involve two applications, one with Rocky Mountain power and another with the BLM. And while to two issues are completely separate, both applications were approved.

In an effort to improve its electrical efficiency PRWID has applied for a RMP incentive savings program that is open to municipalities and will help the district save money through better lighting as well as other electrical applications. The program, according to PRWID's Jeff Richens, will pay for itself after about two years while the accrual of savings will be substantial, the district is still in the application process.

Another application is going to the BLM for a utilities right of way needed on a new subdivision located, past the air port on air port road. Called "Barred Choice," the subdivision is located adjacent to BLM lands and requires an additional pump station to receive water and thus the district is applying for the right of way. Although according to Richens, the deal is not yet "crystal clear," most of the designs on PRWID's specifications for the project are completed.

The subdivision, which will be up-scale homes, also requires fire hydrants and a large water storage tank.

Finally the district went over its handling of a 180 ft long decrepit sewer line that crosses the Price river on Carbon Avenue. Last week the Carbon Avenue. Last week the line was found to have a leak, and while it was stopped, further action is needed by the board for a more permanent solution. The pipe which was metal, corroded near the top of the line and so it was relatively simple for PRWID to stop the leak by cleaning the line. This, however, is not a permanent fix.

"Right now we're just trying to keep it running," said Richens. "It's being cleaned twice a week, normally it gets cleaned once every three years."

An emergency grant was applied for through the CIB to pay for the line last week during an emergency PRWID meeting. As Richens indicated, the board hopes for an improved line through another layer of protection.

"An extra manhole has been installed to re-route the water and we're trying to not impede traffic," said Richens.

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