Jun 07

Engineering Report Approval

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 8:35 AM by Parris Crooks

Hi Stephen,

First off, I do apologize for the delayed response.

As you know the Town hired an engineering company to assess our situation.  The report has been completed and provided to the EPA and DEQ for their review. Because nothing has been approved, the Town will not be commenting on the details of the report until we have received approval from DEQ and EPA.  We feel that releasing the report before it is approved could cause unnecessary confusion.  Once the engineer's report has been approved and accepted, permit received, and Town Council approval, the information will become available to the public. 


You asked what role the DEQ plays in this process.  DEQ is responsible for reviewing all construction plans relating to our water and sewer operations.  Further questions as to the DEQ's role should be directed directly to the DEQ.  You can contact Rich Cripe at 777-7075. 


The free testing that the Town provided to our customers was not restricted to Tier I households.  We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to assess their property.  We did not specifically test service lines, we tested the properties at a point of discharge, like a sink.  You would have to ask the EPA to explain why they prioritize Tier I properties.  Note that some of the properties which were tested had been siting for long periods of time without water flow, therefore the lead levels may not indicate what an active property would produce.  

Please note that we will be posting this email to our website. Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions,



Hayley A Ryckman, PE
Director of Engineering and Zoning
Town of Pinedale
Phone: 307-367-4136

On Tue, May 30, 2017 at 2:50 PM, Stephen Crane, Editor - Pinedale Roundup <editor@pinedaleroundup.com> wrote:
Hey there Ms. Ryckman,
Just wanted to check in and get the latest updates on the proposed changes to the CCT. Where is the town in that process? What are the associated timelines looking ahead? 
In addition, you mentioned that the EPA expert said that soda ash would be a better bet, given our water chemistry. Do we have that in an email or anything I can take a look at? I'm looking for the background info for that stance. 
And I know it was said that the DEQ needs to be a part of that process. Can you explain what that involvement looks like? What is their jurisdiction? Primary concerns for a proposed CCT switch? 
Also, given the fairly narrow parameters related to Tier 1 households, do we know why we had so many test above that threshhold, I assume, outside those Tier 1 parameters? Strictly service lines? And the town passed those results along to the EPA, correct? Do we know what, if anything, the EPA will do with them? 
I think that covers it for now.

Stephen Crane, editor
Pinedale Roundup
Apr 17

Lead Result Question from PR

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:20 AM by Parris Crooks

Below is a question from Pinedale Roundup and the Town's response.

Just a quick clarification on the recent lead-testing results.  I know the statement says 143 signed up, which was reiterated last night. However, I have a quote from the Feb. 27 council meeting in which you say that "about 250 (people) signed up for that."  I've also received other reports that put the number at over 200 as well.  So, I 'm wondering if the recent results are a partial list and we're waiting on more, or if that's the extent of the town's testing.  It seems a difference of 100 or so is not insignificant.

We had approximately 225 sign-ups for the free lead tests.  We have tested and received results for 143 properties.  Another 20 or so properties are seasonal residences and will be tested in the early summer.  That leaves approximately 60 properties that signed up for the lead test but never scheduled one.  We made multiple efforts to contact these property owners via email and phone calls.  The majority of the properties that did not schedule a test were rental properties. The rental manager signed up for the tests but left it up to the renters to schedule the test.
Spencer Hartman
Town of Pinedale
Apr 05

Lead Test Information Release

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 4:59 PM by Parris Crooks

The Town of Pinedale recently offered free lead testing to all of our water customers. We had 143 people sign up to have their buildings tested for lead in the water. The results are shown below. It is important to point out, the town water is lead free. Houses testing positive have a lead source within the private water system that the town does not own or control.

The Town of Pinedale has received the results of the 143 lead tests conducted over the last several weeks. Of the 143 samples, 78 of the samples (55%) did not detect any lead. 48 results (33%) had lead below the EPA action level of 0.015 mg/L. 17 samples (12%) had a lead level above the EPA action level of 0.015 mg/L. The results above the action limit may be slightly higher but fairly consistent with past testing over the years.

What should you do?
Every building is unique. However, we have found the lead source is most likely, but not limited to a fixture or an old brass fitting(s) within your water system. The town recommends that you follow the EPA recommendations for buildings containing lead. You can find them on their web site https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. The town highly recommends that you hire a plumber and lab to conduct further testing so you can find and eliminate the sources of lead. In the meantime time, install a point of use lead filter for your drinking water. The town also recommends that you call your doctor to see if he or she recommends those drinking from a building with high lead levels be tested for lead. The EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person’s total exposure to lead. There are many other potential sources of lead in the environment, including soil, paint, and even some toys. For more information on lead exposure in general, please visit www.epa.gov/lead.

What is the town doing?
The Town is and has always provided water that has been treated to make it less corrosive. We have hired an engineering firm that is working with the EPA and DEQ to design a system that should be more effective than the sodium silicate system we are currently using. We are waiting for final EPA approval to implement the design changes to our treatment process. These changes will not fix the problem. At best they will lower lead levels in some buildings a small amount. To eliminate lead in your water you must remove the source.

If you have any questions please call the Town at (307) 367-4136 and talk to a water operator.