Jim Gores of James Gores and Associates Consulting Engineers of Riverton. (County10.com File Photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The first phase of a project to construct cisterns for 20 residents east of Pavillion with contaminated water wells is still on track for completion “before the snow flies” said consulting engineer James Gores of Riverton on Tuesday. Gores made the comment after a tour of some of the residences by contractors. Gores said the first phase of the cistern project is now out for bid. The tour to see the “on the ground” conditions and scope of the needed work was made in advance of the bid opening on September 27th.
“When the bids are opened we’ll have a much better idea of the budget needed for this project,” Gores said.
The first phase includes constructing 20 cisterns and a water loading station in the town of Pavillion.
Affected residents were provided an update on the project in a conference call with the Governor’s Natural Resource Policy Advisory Jeremiah Reiman and Gores Tuesday evening. “It was a general discussion on where things stand right now,” Gores said after the call. Reiman added that the next Working Group meeting has not yet been set, “but we’ll make that public when the date is firm,” he said. Part of Tuesday’s call was to update the residents on the work of the various agencies charged with reviewing all data accumulated up to this point to identify the source of the well contamination. A final report is expected next fall.
Earlier on Tuesday, Reiman said a meeting scheduled in Pavillion was changed to a telephone conference call because there are still “too many questions that hadn’t yet been answered on the town’s ability to be the primary water delivery entity for the project. “We’ve been working with the town to be that entity, but this is a costly and complicated thing and there is more work to be done,” he said. Reiman said he would conference with Pavillion Mayor Gary Hamlin next week to get some of the outstanding questions on the town’s role in providing a water delivery system answered.
Gores indicated that seven additional property owners in the east Pavillion area had requested cisterns for Phase 2 of the project. He said that second project “should be done within the coming year.”