City of Riverton Public Works Department submits two AML grant applications

The City of Riverton Public Works Department submitted two applications for the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Grant. Department of Environmental Public Information Officer Keith Guille notes this is the first time funds have been available since 2006 and Wyoming will have approximately $20 million for projects statewide.

One application is for a city water meter replacement project. Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield shares, Riverton’s current broadcasting and reading equipment is “…aging, frequently breaking down and no longer supported by the manufacturer. Recent low-lead regulations prohibit city staff from repairing and replacing existing units when they fail.”


Butterfield shares the following details:

What does this system do?

  • Accounts for treated water distribution and consumption.
  • Track, invoice, and receive revenue for its water and wastewater utilities.

What does replacement mean?

  • New meters for each business and residence in Riverton.
  • Replacement data broadcasters and receivers as well.
  • Improve utility department efficiencies.

The second application is for a new water line near Cowboy Land and Cooper Road. Butterfield says, “The city was contacted several years ago from residents in the area who wished to connect to municipal water. Wells serving these residents were reported to have a high level of dissolved solids and contaminated with iron bacteria.”

Butterfield shares the following details:

What does a new water line mean?

  • A new 8″ water main for the residences near Cowboy Lane and Cooper Road.
  • Immediately improve the availability of safe drinking water to a tribal housing area.
  • Help firefighters provide the highest level of public safety and performance as they will have access to new fire hydrants.

The Fremont County Detention Center also applied for AML Grant funds.