State of Wyoming proposes cisterns for Pavillion residents

State of Wyoming proposes cisterns for Pavillion residents by Jeremy Pelzer, May 23, 2012, Casper Star-Tribune
The state of Wyoming will hear out Pavillion residents’ opinions later this month on whether to establish a series of water cisterns for households whose groundwater has allegedly been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing. … The state would pay the $5,000 to $10,000 cost of each cistern using money designated by the Legislature earlier this year for that purpose, Wyoming Water Development Commission Director Mike Purcell said.However, Purcell said each household would be responsible for the $100 to $200 monthly cost of transporting in the water from either Pavillion or Riverton. The state has held discussions with Encana about offsetting some of those costs, Mead said. State officials also asked the EPA about chipping in money, but those requests were denied, Mead said. By informal agreement, cistern water would be only for residential use, Purcell said. The cisterns would take about six months to a year to install, he said. Wyoming officials have been looking for more than a year at how to supply clean drinking water to the Pavillion area — after the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry told some residents to not drink the water.

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