Phase two of the Rural Water District 3 Lowry Road water line replacement project will begin in August.
The project was started after historic flooding in May 2019, completely washed out the line, but RWD 3 District Manager Rick Stull said the project had been on the department’s to-do list for several years before the incident.
“As the water came down along the east side of the river, it ripped out our 6-inch pipeline that crosses over,” Stull said. “We had to put it in high gear to get this project done.”
Phase one replaced the line from old Highway 88 to the last house before the road ends at the river.
Phase two will replace the line on an easement through private property and under the river, positioned far enough inland and underground so that it wouldn’t be washed out again.
“This line is vital to the district. It serves over 4,000 customers right there, so it’s pretty important to get this all done,” Stull said. “As soon as the weather permits, we are going to start.”
RWD3 and the Rogers County Board of County Commissioners approved the low bidder on the project, Sooner Site Utility and Construction, for $686,530.
Phase two is expected to run from August to February. Restoring the line will allow the district to once again provide water to the Owasso area from the water plant instead of purchasing water from Tulsa as they have been doing for several months.
“We’re excited about this,” Stull said. “This enables us to push more water over the hill and sell it at a lower price in the Owasso area.”
“Even though it costs a lot to get it all put in, it is going to help district three down the road,” Stull said.