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March 27, 2013

City plans water treatment renovations

CLAREMORE — The Claremore City Council met Monday to study a $45 million plan to improve the city’s water treatment plant in an effort to prevent future water quality issues.

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) will implement new regulations later this year that the city will not be able to meet with its current infrastructure.
The council reviewed three different proposals from Garver USA, an engineering firm that previously worked to design the city’s new wastewater treatment facility.
Michael Graves, Garver project manager, presented the options ranging from $42 million to $57 million.
All three options were designed to meet the growing demand for water, preparing the city for a 20-year increase in population and address increasing ODEQ water quality standards. 
Graves explained that each option comes at a different cost, but also a different long-term effectiveness. 
The first option will feature the renovation and addition of a MIEX system, one clarifier, two filters and a clearwell to the current plant at a cost of $45 million.
The council appeared to favor this option after much discussion; although, no formal vote has been taken at this time.
A second option would combine city infrastructure to use both water treatment plants at a cost of $42 million.
This option is less expensive, but could be less predictable, according to Graves. 
It includes the renovation of the “Robertson” water treatment plant and the addition of two water filters.
These filters would be retro-fitted to the existing structure, but will create higher operational costs requiring more equipment to perform the same function of the first option. 
The final option costs $57 million and would require the city to build 21 miles of 30-inch pipeline to Pryor to purchase water from Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority (OOWA).
This option would not allow the city to control water costs or quality. 

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