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Big water pipe along Cooper Road could serve Job Corps
Rob Abrams, an employee of Jerry Bornhoft Construction, prepared a section of pipe for a backhoe to lift into a trench along Cooper Road as part of Riverton's development of new water resources. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Big water pipe along Cooper Rd. could serve Job Corps

Apr 12, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The City of Riverton received a $9.2 million grant from the Wyoming Water Development Commission for a multi-phased project.

A well with a 24-inch transmission line was drilled by airport hill and was made for a new tank that will be drilled to the existing water treatment plant.

Pipe was installed Tuesday along the south edge of Cooper Road and will continue being installed to the west.

City of Riverton Utility Division Manager Dawn Willhelm said the current project has several facets in that it will feed the majority of the city and allow water to be pumped to the airport area.

"It will also help feed the Job Corps system if or when it gets constructed," Willhelm said.

The long-awaited federal Job Corps Center west of Riverton on Airport Hill has been delayed for years after the new facility was awarded to Wyoming.

Officials remain optimistic that funding for actual construction of the employment training installation can be approved at the federal level this year.

The JCC Transmission Line project is part of the master plan for the city with water eventually being sent to the west hooking back up to Riverview Road.

"This project will help with expansion to the west and it gives us growth for our water system that also gives us growth in our city," Willhelm said.

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