Claremore Daily Progress

Government

December 19, 2012

Washed out but not washed away

Claremore continues to wrangle with water

CLAREMORE — The City of Claremore continues to deal with water equipment issues and onMonday the council  approved $55,000 in funding for the next phase of engineering studies to deal with the ongoing issue.

Daryl Golbek, Public Works Director,  gave a water plant update as the city deals with failing equipment.
Claremore is currently operating its water plant using two back up pumps,  after a lighting strike was believed to damage the main pump.
Although the two agenda items were not directly related, it became clear that the aging system continues to bring concern about the long-term operations of the water plant.
The pump’s failure actually took several weeks and officials could only contribute the cause to lightning due to the type of damage that was found.
“The windings inside the pump had burned up,” Golbek said.
When the pump failed, water flooded the basement of the plant causing some secondary damage.
City Clerk Sarah Sharp has been working with the insurance company to secure payment on the claim.
The original estimate to replace the pump was $12,500, according to Golbek.
However, it was later determined that a new pump could cost the city as much as $30,000.
Golbek has been working with a local vendor to get the pump repaired at a cost of approximately $17,000.
The problem is that the pump was built in the 1960’s and the aging equipment has become outdated and difficult to repair.
As the city works to fix this immediate problem planning continues on a permanent solution to the problems at the water plant.
The GPS mapping system that was approved as a part of the $550,000 engineering project will play a role in improving the system, according to Golbek.
“It will help to make better informed decisions for the upgrades,” said Jeremy Ledbetter, Director of Public Infrastructure.

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