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The City of Rawlins talks about their water issues

The City of Rawlins talks about its water issues. Mira Miller, Community Relations- City of...
The City of Rawlins talks about its water issues. Mira Miller, Community Relations- City of Rawlins.(Valeria Fugate)
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 6:56 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Water woes for a Wyoming city continue due to leaks in its 100-year-old water system.

The City of Rawlins remains under a water irrigation restriction. According to city officials who say they are working to fix the issues.

The City council has re-allocated some ARPA and general reserve funds for immediate repairs costing about $2M.

But Rawlins City Spokesperson Mira Miller says the city needs about 15 to 20 million dollars in water infrastructure repairs.

As the 32 miles of aging wood stave pipelines help to bring water into town and have needed 5 significant repairs that have caused low water levels and water boil advisories.

Rawlins has also applied for 7 grants to help with the infrastructure cost, but the progress is slow.

“The City of Rawlins is doing all we can. The city council and city staff are focused on this issue. The amount of money we’ve already put in the amount of time, this is something we’re taking very seriously and we appreciate any help we can get,” said Mira Miller, community relations for the city of Rawlins.

The City of Rawlins is working with the Wyoming Food Bank to get extra water out to citizens, just as a precaution. This effort is to make sure everyone is stocked up with backup water.

We will be talking with the Wyoming Food Bank later in the week.

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