Pavillion, WY (AP) - A state program to provide clean water to residents in the Pavillion area in central Wyoming is scheduled to begin in the next week.
Rural residents have problems with contaminated well water, which some attribute to nearby oil and gas development.
An investigation into the source of the contamination is ongoing, but the governor's natural resources policy adviser, Jerimiah Rieman, says the state had a responsibility to act.
Rieman tells KUWR that the program should help protect residents' health and their property values.
The state installed 19 cisterns over the winter and plans to install 16 more this summer.
Residents will receive up to 48,000 gallons of free water a year. The water is being drawn from the town's municipal supply and trucked to homes by a contractor.
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