One of the oldest cities in Wyoming is faced with aging water and sewer infrastructure in need of repair. For example, during line replacement projects, workers found wooden pipes that were still in service. Needless to say, there is substantial cost and work required to upgrade the system to meet the rigors of Wyoming winters and today’s water and sewer regulations. The City suffered greatly from the economic downturn in 2008, and energy exploration moved further East away from the City. This caused large deficits in the water, sewer and general government fund. The mayor requested across the board spending cuts, causing numerous capital projects to be delayed. This also caused the impetus for the City’s utilities manager to implement a long-range financial plan.
City staff, with the assistance of MWH, was able to implement two years of rate increases, the first rate increase for almost 10 years. These increases, as well as annual financial planning updates, have allowed the City to complete $37 million in capital projects over the last five years. Better budgeting practices and planning have helped keep operating costs down.
- Wyoming, United States
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