The Claremore City Council voted Monday to invest $284,580 in a new, state-of-the-art filtering system for the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The existing 10-year-old system clogs and has other costly maintenance issues.

It also uses roughly 6 million gallons of potable water a year, costing the city $40,000.

The new system will better remove and grind debris and uses wastewater instead of drinking water to flush the filters, resulting in significant savings for the city. Those savings mean the equipment will pay for itself in seven years.

“There are chunks of wood, shoes, tires. It’s amazing what goes through our sewer system,” City Manager Jim Thomas said. “When they showed me this new machine, they put a two-by-four through as if it was a toothpick. It snapped and chewed it right up.”

This item was budgeted for FY 2018-19.

The purchase price from Duperon Adaptive Technology includes install and a five year warranty.

“The Competitive Bidding Act does not apply to this purchase because it is equipment, not construction,” City Attorney Bryan Drummond said, responding to questions and quizzical looks from multiple council members.

Expected completion will be in late July or early August.