SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fairgrounds water project recently reached substantial completion, EnTech Engineering, Inc. project manager Dave Engels informed the fairgrounds association Thursday.

“That means the system is in, all the tests have passed and water is available for use,” he said.

The new system allows for year-round use with increased pressure.

Engineers must resolve two outstanding issues before final completion. The first involves reclamation work, which was postponed last week due to wet and muddy conditions.

As soon as the facility dries out, Engels said, reclamation should take approximately 10 days to complete.

Another issue cropped up at the pig and cattle areas where students wash off their show animals during fair.

When looking to repair some broken drainpipe, contractors found a “real old septic tank and somewhat of a leech field,” Engels said.

“Well, the leech field doesn’t work, so they brought a pipe up, and that all drains into the storm drain. And that’s a no-no,” Engels reported.

EnTech representatives are working with the city on alternatives so the pens drain into a sanitary sewer. Holding tanks are another option, but these would require trucks to haul the waste and other associated costs.

The new construction is expected to add $20,000 to $30,000 to the project.

“We’re working on it. We’re exploring all different options that we can find, but there’s no quick, easy fix, and we want to do it right,” Sheridan County Commissioner Mike Nickel said.

In other business, the Fair Association Board voted to table a contract renewal with the University of Wyoming Extension office. The current agreement lasts through 2017, and Deputy County Attorney Lynn Smith recommended waiting until the current contract runs out before signing a new version.