Madison Water Now Available

As traditional summer temperatures make a return toward the end of the week, the City of Gillette has announced that the Madison Well M11 is now online to provide more than 2 million gallons per day to meet demands.

The addition of M11 brings the city’s wellfield capacity to 15 million gallons per day. So far this spring, thanks to the rainy weather, the City’s peak usage has not been over the 6 million gallon a day mark.  In 2018, the peak usage was 9.3 million gallons.

The Madison pipeline project began in 2005 when the city’s demand exceeded the current water system’s ability to produce, prompting the multi-year project.

“This is a momentous occasion,” said Mayor Louise Carter-King in a press release. “To finally have water available from the new well is amazing. I would like to thank all of the state legislators, as well as members of the Gillette City Council that helped to bring this project to fruition. I would especially like to thank the City staff that oversaw the project from the initial design to where we are today.”

When the Madison project is complete, within the next year, the City’s total capacity will be in excess of 23 million gallons per day.

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In addition to serving the needs of the City of Gillette, the Gillette Water Supply Project, as it became known, now has service agreements with 25 water service districts around Gillette.

The total cost of the project is $217.6 million, of which $144 million came from state grants and $44 million came from a Permanent Mineral Trust Fund loan, both administered by the Wyoming Water Development Commission.

In 2011, Campbell County voters approved a Special Purpose Excise Tax to raise $75 million to pay back the loan and cover other improvements.

Currently only one well is online and four others are near completion, each capable of producing around 2 million gallons per day.

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“While having access to more water is a good thing, we do ask that our residents continue to respect our water as the precious resource that it is. Using our water wisely today will ensure that it will be there for us tomorrow,” Carter-King added.