The Wardwell Water and Sewer District is a Special District under the State of Wyoming. It was established in 1969, with 90 residents that had signed up for service and 35 were added to the waiting list. The water began flowing in November, 1972 into the new $370,000.00 system to reach a five mile square area along the old Salt Creek Highway stretching north to the Wardwell Field, an airport dating back to World War I. It marked a new chapter in the history of suburban development in and around Casper, bringing domestic water to an area almost as big as Casper itself.
Previous efforts to buy water from Mills or Casper failed and no help could be secured from HUD. But the Board of Directors succeeded in getting a loan of $193,000.00 from the Farmers Home Administration, plus a grant of $175,500.00. Residents chipped in another $11,000.00 and the project was on the way.
The new system also served the Midwest Heights area at the top of the hill where the old Salt Creek Highway began. It required 100 pounds of pressure to boost the water to the top of the hill, so reducing valves were needed on the meters serving residents in that area.
A 40,000 gallon storage tank was erected on the top of the crest overlooking the valley stretching north to the old Airport and a dozen fire hydrants were installed.
Today the District has 1600 residential and commercial users, with 32.41 miles of water line, 523 main valves, one 300,000 gallon water tank, one booster pump station, five 8 inch prv valves, 380 fire hydrants, enforcement of 295 Backflow Preventors plus 14.28 miles of sewer line, one sewer lift station and 304 sewer manholes.
The District's First elected Official Board of Directors, January 16, 1970 were, Ruby Skogen, President, L.R. Stewart, Vice President, Barbara O'Neal, Secretary/Treasurer, Troy Ray, Director and Vanus Spawn, Director. Without all of their effort and hard work, the District would not be what it is today.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wardwell Water and Sewer District is a Special District formed under the State of Wyoming and therefore, is Audited yearly. It has an elected Board of Five Members and holds monthly meetings, open to the public, the first Tuesday* of the month just like Cities, Towns and other Municipalities. https://www.woldimprovement.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Wyoming-Special-District-Handbook.pdf
*If the first Tuesday falls on the 1st,2nd or 3rd of the month it is the following Tuesday.
Wardwell Water is also a Public Water System (PWS#Wy5600067C). The C stands for Consecutive. Which means it buys its water wholesale from the Central Wyoming Regional Water System. The same water plant that supplies the City of Casper and other small Districts in the Natrona County Area.
Being it is a Public Water System it is also then governed by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Originally passed by the Federal Government in 1972 and amended since. Wardwell Water must also comply with Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality standards and regulations.
In order to work for or on a Public Water System you must be a certified Operator by the State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). It requires training and education followed by an exam. Once certified it also requires additional training every 3 years for license renewal.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wardwell Water and Sewer District maintains 32.41 miles of water mains and 14.28 miles of sewer mains outside of the Town of Bar Nunn. Wardwell has over 1600 services and serves a population of approximately 3,600 people and industry.
Wardwell Water and Sewer District also maintains 523 main line valves. One (1) 300,000 gallon water tank. One (1) Booster Pump Station. Five (5) eight inch PRV Valves. 380 Fire Hydrants. 1,600 in service meter pits and enforcement of 212 backflow preventers . One (1) Sewer Lift Station and 304 sewer manholes.