The City of Laramie Utility Division has been providing quality drinking water and treating wastewater for the greater part of the 20th century. The enactment of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) established uniform criteria for utility systems. Subsequent revisions in 1986 and 1996 to the SDWA required major changes to drinking water facilities and processes. Tightening regulation under the CWA resulted in the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility that went into operation in January 1998.
Division administration is directed by the utility manager with the support of a full-time administrative assistant. Administration sets the strategic plan for the five support operations and tracks progress. In addition, administration prepares the long-range needs assessments that are the basis for City Council-directed capital programs.