OKLAHOMANS PROJECTED TO BENEFIT
ESTIMATED PROJECT DURATION
Carter; Cotton; Jefferson; Stephens
The City of Waurika is requesting funding to construct a new conventional water treatment facility to replace the existing micromembrane treatment facility. The existing water treatment facility is unable to produce a reliable, safe, and consistent supply of water to serve its residential, commercial, and wholesale customers. As a result of this deficiency, the City of Waurika has been placed under a consent order from the ODEQ (consent order #16-301). This order has been in place since 2016 and other options for corrective action have failed to produce satisfactory results. The City is currently exploring finance options to pay for the new water treatment plant but have been unable to secure funding that does not place an extreme financial burden on the city, its residents, and its customers. Currently, this system provides water for the City of Waurika, the Town of Ryan, as well as the Jefferson County Rural Water District #1. The completion of this project is necessary to ensure and promote the health, safety, and economic security of multiple rural areas and communities in Southwest Oklahoma.
In the attached documents section, you will see the ODEQ consent order which has placed on the City of Waurika, you will also see the engineering report regarding the new plant construction?both documents provide evidence and sources which validate this project.
The pandemic has negatively impacted families all over the state. Jefferson County has one of the highest poverty rates in the entire state and as a result have been heavily impacted by the pandemic and the drop in economic stability. The City of Waurika, its residential, commercial, and wholesale buyers of water, will benefit greatly from this project. Upon completing this project, the City of Waurika will be able to provide safe, reliable, and consistent drinking water to thousands of rural Oklahomans for years to come. The Jefferson County Hospital, which is the only emergency health care facility in Jefferson County will also benefit greatly from this project. Currently, during summer months when demand for water is high, the Water plant is unable to produce enough water to keep tower levels high enough to operate the hospitals fire suppression system, which poses a safety issue.
The City will measure performance by following the procedures provided by the State & Federal Government. We will also use ODEQ drinking water standards as a means of measuring performance. Given the specific project, and according to ARPA guidelines, programmatic data is not required for this project?however, we will closely follow program rules and will obtain whatever data is required for the project.
ONGOING INVESTMENT AMOUNT
ONGOING INVESTMENT DESCRIPTION
ONGOING INVESTMENT REQUIRED
Able to continue operation without additional funding from the State of Oklahoma
Investments in Water, Sewer, and Broadband
Drinking water: Treatment
FEDERAL GRANT AMOUNT
FEDERAL GRANT DESCRIPTION
Municipal government entity
Data source: Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services / More information »