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CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Casper is allocating $550,000 from the fifth-cent sales tax for critical water main replacement on Coffman Avenue from Odell Avenue to Hyview Drive. Fifth-cent funds pay for nearly all of the city’s water main replacements and assist with sewer main replacements.

These costs would otherwise be absorbed through higher water rates, according to a press release by the City of Casper.

Part of an infrastructure improvement initiative aimed at enhancing the city’s water and sewer systems, work along Coffman Avenue is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed next summer.

The entire project spans from Essex Street to 25th Street and is estimated to cost $1.92 million, including street repairs. It will be paid for entirely with fifth-cent funds.

Aging and deteriorating water and sewer mains will be replaced to ensure the continued delivery of safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater services to the community.

Replacements like these are essential in preventing unexpected service disruptions and costly emergency repairs.

In a 2022 survey, 95% of Natrona County citizens listed water and sewer as an important use of fifth-cent dollars. Between 2018 and 2026, the city allocated and will spend $22.4 million on water and sewer main replacement projects.

The Coffman Avenue project is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure. Fifth-cent is a source of funding that enables the city to address such infrastructure needs while minimizing the need to increase utility rates.

The press release from the city can be found below.