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RHS boiler replacement project complete
Fremont County District 25 school board members, superintendent Terry Snyder and Riverton High School custodians stood within the footprint of the school's old boilers, which have been replaced with high-efficiency units, during a tour of facilities improvements Tuesday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

RHS boiler replacement project complete

Mar 22, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer

Energy efficiency was a major focus of the boiler plant replacement completed over the past year at Riverton High School, according to Larry Hartwell, the Fremont County School District 25 maintenance supervisor.

Hartwell said the boilers had become unreliable and were showing signs of deterioration.

"Originally installed in 1979, the high school heating plant boilers had reached the end of their life cycle," Hartwell said.

Members of the Riverton school board toured the RHS boiler plant recently, viewing the work done during the summer of 2011.

The cost of the project was $480,000, paid for using the district's major maintenance funds.

"With this project, we removed the old pool boilers, high school heating boilers and domestic hot water boilers," Hartwell said. "We also added additional fire suppression control systems that the original building was lacking."

Hartwell said the Riverton Aquatic Center boilers were located in the high school boiler room until a few years ago, when they were replaced and relocated in another area closer to the pool. The old boilers were decommissioned but not removed until the recent project.

The new domestic hot water boilers consist of a bank of Rinni On-Demand hot water heaters "that are state of the art," Hartwell said.