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December 19, 2012

Washed out but not washed away

Claremore continues to wrangle with water



The study is part of the requirements issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
The issue stems from the new water plant, that has not operated since construction approximately 10 years ago.
This study is one of many different engineering efforts through the past 10 years that has been completed to deal with the issue.
Issues with both plants are being addressed in the plan and which upgrades will be need to be made, City Engineer Chris Cochran said.
After completion the maps could be made available to the public, according to Ledbetter.
Cost to the city is expected to be minimal for the repairs and the insurance is expected to pay on the claim.
The GPS mapping has been included in the 2013 Public Works budget as part of the five-year master water study, according to Golbek.
A draft of the study is to be completed in mid-January.
The council voiced concerns about the two issues asking for more accountability for the plant.
“I would like to see an itemized statement of the actual hours that we are being charged,” Councilor Thomas Cypert said.
City Manager Jim Thomas said that he would provide the documentation to the council in the form of a staff report.
“Are we running any additional risk by not getting a new one,” Councilor Bill Flanagan asked.
Golbek explained that there could be significant issues if the two small backup pumps fail; yet alternative methods could be used to restore service.
For now city staff will continue working on the plant and waiting for the arrival of the repaired pump.
It is estimated that it could be several weeks before the pump will be reinstalled.

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