Have you considered building a pipeline to send wastewater to a plant in Lincoln or Wheatland instead of upgrading the Sheridan WWTP? What is the comparison on a cost basis?
  • The solution that we have already embarked upon involves upgrading the current pond and spray field system that comprises the Sheridan Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The estimated cost of completing this project is $2.3 million. Funding for this project has been obtained through a combination of grants, Cemex Development Agreement funds, and contributions from the County General Fund. Operating costs for the current WWTP are relatively low compared to the mechanical treatment systems in Wheatland or Lincoln.

  • Abandoning the Sheridan WWTP and pumping wastewater to a proposed new treatment plant serving Wheatland would cost $7 million, based on preliminary estimates. This option is under consideration as a potential long-term solution but is not currently feasible or cost effective.

  • Abandoning the Sheridan WWTP and pumping wastewater to Lincoln has also been discussed and considered. This project would likely be more expensive than the Wheatland option because the distance to the Lincoln plant is much further (3.6 miles to Wheatland, 10 miles to Lincoln).

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1. Have you considered building a pipeline to send wastewater to a plant in Lincoln or Wheatland instead of upgrading the Sheridan WWTP? What is the comparison on a cost basis?
2. What is the history of the water system: why and when were the wells drilled and abandoned?
3. What will the connection fee be if the moratorium on sewer and water fees is lifted?
4. How many hookups do you need to operate in the black?
5. When can people apply for the new connections?