Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) provides the city of Chadron with retail electric service. Three 115,000 volt transmission lines tie to NPPD’s statewide transmission system, and a fourth line is interconnected with the Western Area Power Administration. A 28 MVA 115/34.5 k V transformer, located adjacent to the city, provides ample capacity for present and future load projections. The city has a complete ring bus of 34,500 volts consisting of five substations with a combined capacity of 22,500 k VA. The distribution voltage is operated at 4,160 wye and 12,470 wye.
Prospective customers should contact Nebraska Public Power District (308) 432-5516, for further information regarding electric rates and services.
NPPD also provides retail electric service to the community of Crawford. A 34,000-volt feeder from a 115,000-volt substation located east of Crawford provides service. The substation consists of three 833 kVA, 34.54.16 transformers. The system is connected to NPPD’s statewide grid system.
Source Gas, Inc. supplies the community of Chadron with natural gas, through a 4-inch transmission pipeline, with an operating pressure of approximately 600-650 pounds per square inch. Source Gas, Inc. also supplies the community of Crawford with natural gas, through a 3-inch transmission pipeline, with an operating pressure of approximately 330 pounds per square inch.
Source Gas is also the provider of natural gas within the communities of Chadron and Crawford, serving approximately 1,900 residential and commercial customers in Chadron and 679 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Crawford. Source Gas operates an open access pipeline enabling customers to purchase their own gas supplies and transport them on Source Gas’s system. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. Information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from Source Gasís Web site.
Local Water Supply
The water system in Chadron is city owned and operated. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 4000 gallons per minute with an underground and ground storage capacity of 2.1 million gallons. The average daily demand is 1,.05 million gallons, with a static pressure from 40 to 75 pounds per square inch depending on elevation. The residual pressure varies from 35 to 65 pounds per square inch. Crawford’s water system is also city owned and operated. There are three wells, which have an average depth of 100 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity of 950 gallons per minute with an underground and ground storage capacity of 1,750,000 gallons. The average daily demand is 300,000 gallons, with a static pressure from 40 to 80 pounds, depending on elevation. The residual pressure varies from 35 to 70 pounds per square inch.
The city of Chadron has a municipal sanitary and a storm waste water system. A new mechanical bubbler treatment plant was built and opened in 2010. The average daily flow is estimated at 864,000 gallons. The city of Chadron has a system as well as plans in place to meet Chadron’s needs well into the future.
Crawford also has a municipal sanitary and a storm waste water system called the IMHOFF system. This treatment plant was built in 1936, and a secondary treatment plant was built in 1976. The city will be building a completely new system in 2011-112. The system has a daily capacity of 350,000 gallons. The average daily flow is estimated at 130,000 gallons. Crawford is in the process of building lagoons to meet their needs.
Solid Waste Disposal
Both cities, Chadron and Crawford, are members of the Solid Waste Agency of Northwest Nebraska (SWANN). This inter-local governmental agency is a regional compact composed of 3 counties (Dawes, Sheridan, and Sioux) and 9 communities (Chadron, Crawford, Whitney, Harrison, Hay Springs, Rushville, Gordon, Hemingford, and Clinton). SWANN provides the communities with collection, transportation, and disposal of solid waste in a landfill 12 miles north of Chadron. The rate for Chadron residential is $22.10 per month. Chadron rural is $19.10 per quarter. Crawford residential rate is $7.50 per month for once a week pickup because they have their own haulers.